CAA’s Great Battery Roundup®: Battery Recycling Made Easy

May 12, 2014 – Saint John, NB– Atlantic Canadians who plan to tackle spring cleaning this long weekend are in luck. CAA has partnered with Coast Tire & Auto Service in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and City Tire & Auto Centre in Newfoundland and Labrador to host its annual Great Battery Roundup®. From May 14-21 CAA Members and the public can drop off any old batteries from cars, trucks, campers, motorcycles and boats to their local Coast Tire & Auto Service or City Tire & Auto Centre during regular business hours to be recycled.

“The Great Battery Roundup® is just one of the ways we’re helping people be more environmentally responsible,” says Gary Howard, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at CAA Atlantic. “Thanks to our partners at Coast Tire & Auto Service and City Tire & Auto Centre, people can move their old batteries from their garages and sheds and drop them at one of 29 convenient locations across Atlantic Canada.”

Almost all of the lead, plastic and acid in an automotive battery can be recycled. In fact, industry experts estimate that between 60 and 80 percent of any new battery is made of reclaimed materials. The batteries collected during the Great Battery Roundup® will be transported to an EPA-regulated recycling plant. This keeps them out of landfills, where they can contaminate soil and groundwater.

The Great Battery Roundup is just one of the ways CAA helps its Members balance personal mobility and sustainability. “We offer a number of tools to help our Members and the public make more environmentally-conscientious choices,” says Howard. CAA’s online eco-driving resources include a driving costs calculator, an electric vehicle map and a number of eco-driving tips. “Whether you’re looking at a new, more efficient vehicle, or simply changes you can make to your driving habits to lessen your impact on the environment, CAA has a great deal of information available.”

  • Some of CAA’s best tips for reducing your environmental impact while on the road include:
  • Don’t idle. Turn off your engine when not in traffic and stopping for more than 60 seconds.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and service your vehicle regularly.
  • Remove excess weight such as roof racks, when not in use, and items from your trunk.
  • Reduce highway speed; use cruise control. Fuel consumption increases above 90km/hr.
  • Combine your trips to save fuel and time – consider carpooling.

To learn more about CAA’s Eco-Driving tools, visit www.caa.ca/working-for-you/eco-driving.  

For more information on the Great Battery Roundup®, including a list of participating Coast Tire & Auto Service and City Tire & Auto Centre locations, visit www.atlantic.caa.ca/BatteryRoundup.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 6 million Members with roadside assistance, Member Rewards and comprehensive automotive and travel services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its Members, including: road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For more information contact:

Gary Howard
Vice President Communications
Phone: (506) 649-6288; 1-800-471-1611
Fax: (506) 649-6890
Email: ghoward@atlantic.caa.ca

 

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