Valley plumbing company wants to get rid of your old household batteries for you

Sherry Martell
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VALLEY - A local company is empowering others to be good environmental stewards by helping reduce the number of household batteries going into landfills.
For the past few years Pettis Plumbing
and Drain Cleaning has been collecting
used household batteries of all kinds from clients at job sites to ensure they are properly disposed of, steadily increasing the amount each year.
"We're very environmentally aware," said company spokeswoman Cathy Peddle.
"We are trying to do our part.
"It's something small but eventually
it would have a major impact on the
environment."
Last year the company diverted more than 300 pounds of household batteries from landfills, nearly double the previous year's total of 122 pounds.
Peddle said the company's founder, Fred Pettis, cares deeply about the environment and insists the company conduct all its business to the highest possible environmental standards.
The company was awarded Green Screened status for taking an active role in preserving the environment through recycling, reusing and conserving products and supplies both in the office and field.
Peddle said only nine per cent of used household batteries are recycled and they are aiming to increase that number by serving the community as a battery drop off depot free of charge.
"We are trying to assist other people in being environmentally friendly, being green," said the spokeswoman.
The municipality currently offers a program to dispose of household hazardous waste, products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients such as used batteries, antifreeze or pesticides.
Darlene Proctor, waste reduction
co-ordinator for Colchester County,
said the 2010 recycling contract will soon
be in place but indicated it will be
similar to last year's program that welcomed people to bring household hazardous waste to a collection site in Debert one Saturday a month.
The municipality also hosts a mobile collection in rural areas every second year.
Peddle said they are determined to collect as many batteries as possible to minimize the impact that strong corrosive acids and harmful toxins could have on the environment and water sources.
Anyone wanting to dispose of batteries of any kind can drop them off at the Pettis Plumbing and Drain Cleaning office, 1192 College Road in Valley, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Peddle said all batteries collected will be taken to a qualified recycling depot for environmentally friendly disposal.

smartell@trurodaily.com




Geographic location: Colchester County, Debert

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  • flogger
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Yeah, and I can only wonder what Pettis charges for this service ...