Citizens have a chance to get rid of clutter while also helping the environment and automotive industry.
A national non-profit is working with a local organization to collect used car batteries.
Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) has formed a partnership with Keep Prince William Beautiful (KPWB), a Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliate that’s based out of Woodbridge.
Six months ago, RBC started a campaign that encourages consumers to turn in car batteries to retailers, according to Executive Director Steve Christensen.
“Since launching our 2 Million Battery Challenge in mid-February, we have been seeking partnerships with grassroots organizations like Keep America Beautiful, which are on the front lines of engaging the public in promoting recycling and cleanup programs,” Christensen said in a release. “Our hope is that other Keep America Beautiful affiliates will want to replicate this model in working with us to jointly promote community beautification projects.”
The partnership, KPWB Executive Director Lynda Kummelt, benefits the Prince William County government, community members, and the automotive industry.
“The resources of the RBC, its retail and automotive members, and its 2 Million Battery Challenge will help our volunteers and sponsors better understand the recycling process for batteries and other items we collect from roadways, streams and fields,” Kummelt said in a release.
Throughout October and November, community members can return batteries to Wal-Mart, 8386 Sudley Road in Manassas; Advance Auto Parts, 7457 Hillwood Drive in Gainesville; and AutoZone, 17155 Wayside Drive in Dumfries.
They may also volunteer at two upcoming cleanups.
Supervisor Ruth Anderson is hosting the first cleanup, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to Noon on October 8. It will begin at Tackett’s Mill Shopping Center and continue along Old Bridge Road.
Those interested in volunteering on October 8 can sign up online.
The second cleanup will be held by Supervisor Frank Principi on November 17. It will occur at Veterans Memorial Park beside Route 1.
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