Koror, Palau – The Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board, along with the National Bureau of Public Works Solid Waste Management Division, and Palau Metal Co., has partnered up with an Indian company, MM Traders Co., to start collecting vehicle batteries for a dollar each starting on Thursday, February 2. This collection drive presents an opportunity for Palau to properly dispose of used batteries by exporting these toxic substances to a recycling facility in India. Furthermore, the community is able to receive compensation for bringing used batteries to the EQPB Storage Facility, across Belechel Gas Station at M-Dock. {restrict]

Used batteries are considered a hazardous waste, and have been slowly accumulating 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 starting on February 2, 2017.

If there are questions or concerns, please call EQPB at 488-1639/3600 or email to eqpb@palaunet.com.