Koror, Palau – The Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board, along with Palau Metal I Company and their partners from India, continue in their effort to collect vehicle batteries for a dollar each. This battery drive presents an opportunity for Palau to properly dispose of used batteries that have accumulating throughout the island, whilst also compensating the public for bringing used batteries. [restrict

The Palau Metal I Company and their Indian partner were able to contact a reputable recycling facility in Korea and have begun to ship containers full of the used batteries to the facility. To date, the collection drive has received about 7,500 batteries since it began on February 2, 2017. Used batteries are considered a hazardous waste, and have been slowly accruing on-island over the years.

In particular, batteries contain a variety of chemicals that can contribute to soil and water pollution, and can endanger wildlife. Typically, because there is no proper recycling facility on-island, many used batteries are disposed of at the landfill. Some of these batteries contain chemicals that are extremely toxic, and if improperly disposed, can have adverse effects on humans and the environment.

The EQPB would like to encourage the public to bring their used batteries to the EQPB Storage Facility located at M-Dock. If there are questions or concerns, please call EQPB at 488-1639/3600 or email to eqpb@palaunet.com.  [/restrict]