Those needing to discard old automotive, marine, farm, truck or lawn and garden batteries can do so this weekend at Orscheln Farm and Home in Newton.


Those needing to discard old automotive, marine, farm, truck or lawn and garden batteries can do so this weekend at Orscheln Farm and Home in Newton.

The store will participate in Orscheln’s battery collection and recycling program.

Beth Wonders, manager of the Newton Orscheln, said the store participated in the battery collection effort for the first time last spring and had more than 800 batteries brought in. They did a similar event last fall and collected about 100 batteries, she said.

Nationally, Orscheln collected more than 100,000 batteries last year, according to a news release.

Wonders said she didn’t know how many would participate since so many brought in batteries last year, but said “you never know.”

According to the news release, scrap batteries contain lead and acid, which both can present hazards to humans and animals. Orscheln’s battery supplier uses 100 percent of the scrap battery, with the lead and plastic used to make new batteries. The supplier removes heavy metals from the battery acid and then uses it in new batteries. The air from the smelter is cleaned through bag houses and scrubbed with water. Ammonia then is added, producing fertilizer for farm use.

Wonders said the event is “an effort to help clean up and recycle.”

The store will be accepting batteries during store hours — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday — at a designated location outside the store, Wonders said. The store is at 321 Windward Drive.

Those who bring in at least two automotive, marine, farm or truck batteries, or four lawn and garden batteries, will receive a $6 gift card from Orscheln. There is no minimum or maximum number of batteries the store will collect. Regular household batteries are not accepted.