- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermonters are now able to recycle single-use batteries at no cost by dropping them off at more than 100 locations including retailers, municipalities and libraries.

The program was made possible by a Vermont law that took effect Jan. 1.

The household batteries that can be recycled include AA, AAA, C and D.

Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz says dead batteries no longer have to be buried in a landfill or hoarded in junk drawers.

Officials say that last year more than 650,000 pounds of batteries were sold in Vermont, but only 36,000 pounds were collected for recycling.

Information about the program can be found by visiting the website www.call2recycle.org/vermont .

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