Be positive — bring in your batteries for recycling!

ken and recyclingThanks to the idea of parent Terri Lamb, who chairs the Parent Eco-Committee, and the creative skills of 4th grader Ken H and his mom, Linda, Belvedere will begin collecting batteries to sell to Manassas-based Potomac eScraps, which recycles electronic waste.

Ken and his mom made the sign and collection bucket, which is in the lobby by the little bench. Just put your batteries in the PVC pipes, and we’ll take it from there.  The types of batteries we recycle are:
Alkaline batteries, all sizes
Very common. Found in devices like remote controls, various toys, portable music devices, digital cameras, lights and radios.
Recycled for their steel metal.
Not considered a hazardous material.

Lithium batteries from laptops only.
These batteries can be refurbished and re-used.
Lithium is found in a limited geographic area in South America and demand for it is expected to grow with increased production of electric vehicles (70%+ EVs expected to use lithium-ion batteries).

Nickel–metal hydride rechargeable batteries (NiMh) and nickel cadmium batteries (NiCad)
Used in portable electronic equipment and tools.
The heavy metals in nickel batteries can be extracted and re-used to make new batteries.

If you have one of these types of batteries but it’s too big to fit in the pipe (such as a laptop battery), you can leave it on Ms. Evers’ desk in the library office. If you’re interested in being involved in the Parent Eco-Committee, email

be positive sign for lobbybattery recycling bucket


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