Announcing our 2018 Earth Day Student Battery Recycling Challenge!

Announcing Battery Giant of Pittsburgh’s 2018 Earth Day Student Battery Recycling Challenge. New student prize this year:  The STUDENT that leads a recycling effort that collects the most batteries by weight wins a Holy Stone HS160 Drone!  This a small foldable drone great for learning about drones.  Read more about the drone here.  Students opt-in to compete for this student leadership prize.

Holy Stone HS160 foldable drone with 720P first person view (FPV) camera.

Each student or parent recycling batteries at Battery Giant in Cranberry from April 1 to Earth Day April 22 can enter their school in a drawing for $300 to be donated to your school. The more students that come and recycle batteries from a school, the better chance a school has of winning.  Any school from preschool through high school can be entered into the drawing. Every student recycling batteries gets a coupon for a free cone from The Meadows Frozen Custard of Cranberry Township  and a coupon from Fun Fore All.

Dutilh Preschool won the drawing for $300 for the Student Recycling Challenge

Dutilh Preschool won the drawing for $300 for the Student Recycling Challenge in 2016 and 2017 – Congratulations!

 

 

Parker Budney of Rowan Elementary came in first in our Student Leadership Challenge with 581 pounds of batteries. Parker won a new Amazon Fire HD8.  Congrats, Parker!

Rules:

1) Visits once a week or with over 100 lb of batteries will earn an entry into the school raffle.

2) Organized school groups may enter directly (on behalf of the school rather than a student).  They get 1 entry into the school raffle for every 100 lb of batteries recycled collectively by the school.  Note that if 100 students bring in 1 lb each, you get 100 entries.

3) No purchase necessary to enter.  However, you do have to recycle batteries.

4) We reserve the right to change the rules at any time.

4) Any cosponsors  may place their own restrictions on their recycling incentives.

5) It is ok to recycle multiple times.  But please take coupons from our partners only once.

Please sort all batteries into two bags or containers – non-rechargeable (primary) batteries and rechargeable (secondary) batteries.  Also, please tape the contacts of any batteries over 9 volts with clear tape.

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2017 Earth Day Student Recycling Challenge Winners

Congratulations to Dutilh Preschool, continuing their winning streak in our Earth Day Battery Recycling Challenge!  The school received $300 from the school drawing.    This year’s challenge had 13 participating schools, and kept 1,275 pounds of batteries out of the landfill.  Way to go everyone!

Dutilh Preschool won the drawing for $300 for the Student Recycling Challenge

Dutilh Preschool won the drawing for $300 for the Student Recycling Challenge – Congratulations!

 

Parker Budney of Rowan Elementary came in first in our Student Leadership Challenge with 581 pounds of batteries. Parker gets a new Amazon Fire HD8.  Congrats, Parker!

                         

The second place winner with 35.5 pounds recycled is Catie Schneider of Mars Middle School.  Catie will have fun this summer on her Orbitwheel Skates.

Thank you to everyone who participated this year, and to our sponsors, Fun Fore All and The Meadows Original Frozen Custard.

Don’t forget, we recycle batteries every day!

Congratulations to Dutilh Preschool, winner for the second year in a row of our Earth Day Battery Recycling Challenge!  The school will receive $300.

This year’s challenge had 13 participating schools, and kept 1,275 pounds of batteries out of the landfill!  Way to go everyone!

Parker Budney of Rowan Elementary came in first in our Student Leadership Challenge with 581 pounds of batteries! Parker gets a new Amazon Fire HD8.  Congrats, Parker!

The second place winner with 35.5 pounds recycled is Catie Schneider of Mars Middle School.  Catie will have fun this summer on her Orbitwheel Skates!

Thank you to everyone who participated this year, and to our sponsors, Fun Fore All and The Meadows Original Frozen Custard.

 

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NOCO Genius Boosts – 4 Sizes to Fit Your Charging Needs

Last year we offered 1 size of NOCO Genius boost.  This year we have 4 sizes.  Use them to safely jump start a dead battery in seconds.

 

 

The GB20 is sized for power sports – motorcycle and ATVs – as well as small cars.

 

 

 

The GB40 is sized for all gas cars and trucks, as well as small diesels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The GB70 can handle consumer diesel cars and trucks of all sizes.   If you have  a repair garage, keep one of these around.

 

 

 

 

 

Th GB150 has plenty of power for commercial needs.  Keep one in your tow truck or restaurant to boost car after car.  Or if you own a Hummer and love the biggest and best of everything, get one of these.

 

 

 

 

Lithium-ion jump starters generally include both a flashlight and USB port for charging cell phones and other devices as well.  So you know if you break down you will be able to charge your phone if needed, whether on the road, parked at a trail head, or out on your boat.

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Announcing our 2017 Earth Day Student Battery Recycling Challenge!

Announcing Battery Giant of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Earth Day Student Battery Recycling Challenge. New student prize this year!  The student that leads a recycling effort that collects the most batteries by weight chooses either Orbitwheel skates or a fire HD8 tablet!  The other prize goes to the second place student.

 

Orbitwheel skates take lots and lots of practice!

 

Each student or parent recycling batteries at Battery Giant in Cranberry from April 1 to Earth Day April 22 also gets to enter their school in a drawing for $300 to be donated to your school. The more students that come and recycle batteries from a school, the better chance a school has of winning.  Any school from preschool through high school can be entered into the drawing. Every student recycling batteries gets a coupon for a free cone from The Meadows Frozen Custard of Cranberry Township  and a coupon from Fun Fore All.

 

Tyler Broecher recycling recycled 895 lbs of batteries in the 2016 competition!

 

 

Parker Budney recycled recycled 676 lbs of batteries in the 2016 competition!

 

Dutilh Preschool students recycling!

 

Dutilh Preschool student and Mom recycling!

Rules:

1) Visits once a week or with over 100 lb of batteries will earn an entry into the school raffle.

2) Organized school groups may enter directly (on behalf of the school rather than a student).  They get 1 entry into the school raffle for every 100 lb of batteries recycled collectively by the school.  Note that if 100 students bring in 1 lb each, you get 100 entries.

3) No purchase necessary to enter.  However, you do have to recycle batteries.

4) We reserve the right to change the rules at any time.

4) Any cosponsors  may place their own restrictions on their recycling incentives.

5) It is ok to recycle multiple times.  But please take coupons from our partners only once.

Please sort all batteries into two bags or containers – non-rechargeable (primary) batteries and rechargeable (secondary) batteries.  Also, please tape the contacts of any batteries over 9 volts with clear tape.

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Announcing Battery Giant of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Earth Day Battery Recycling Challenge

Announcing Battery Giant of Pittsburgh’s 2016 Earth Day Student Battery Recycling Challenge. New student prize this year!  The student that leads a recycling effort that collects the most batteries by weight chooses either a GoPro  Hero 3+ camera or 4 Kennywood tickets!  The other prize goes to the second place student.

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Lead the student lead recycling effort that collects the most batteries by weight in our Earth Day Student Battery Recycling Challenge and win a Go Pro Hero 3+ camera!

 

Each student or parent recycling batteries at Battery Giant in Cranberry from April 1 to Earth Day April 22 also gets to enter their school in a drawing for $300 to be donated to your school. The more students that come and recycle batteries from a school, the better chance a school has of winning.  Any school from preschool through high school can be entered into the drawing. Every student recycling batteries gets a coupon for a free cone from The Meadows Frozen Custard of Cranberry Township  and a coupon from Fun Fore All.

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Congratulations to Ditilh Preschool for winning the school prize in 2015!

 

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Congratulations to Teagan Hmel for winning our Student Leadership Award in the Earth Day Battery Recycling Challenge! She won $100 for her school, received by the Haine Elementary PTO in 2105.

 

Rules:

1) Visits once a week or with over 100 lb of batteries will earn an entry into the school raffle.

2) Schools may enter directly.  They get 1 entry into the school raffle for every 100 lb of batteries recycled collectively by the school.  Note that if 100 students bring in 1 lb each, you get 100 entries.

3) No purchase necessary to enter.  However, you do have to recycle batteries.

4) We reserve the right to change the rules at any time.

4) Any cosponsors  may place their own restrictions on their recycling incentives.

5) It is ok to recycle multiple times.  But please take coupons from our partners only once.

Please sort all batteries into two bags or containers – non-rechargeable (primary) batteries and rechargeable (secondary) batteries.  Also, please tape the contacts of any batteries over 9 volts with clear tape.

 

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Keep Lead Acid Batteries Fully Charged to Avoid the Battery Freezing!

In winter it is important to keep any lead acid batteries stored in the cold – car batteries, truck batteries, pump batteries, solar batteries – fully charged, or they may freeze.  Frozen batteries are battery abuse and not covered under warranty.  A fully charged battery freezes at under -90F.  A completely discharged battery freezes at 0F.  That is, a fully discharged battery is full of regular water, and freezes at the freezing point of water.  The sulphate ions that go into solution in a charged battery are a natural anti-freeze.  Where things get interesting is about 50% state of discharge, where a battery can freeze at -16F.  That is the start of temperatures that are possible in Pennsylvania.

If you use a battery tender to keep a battery charged and the battery is stored where it can get very cold, be sure to have a battery tender that has a cold charging option – the charge voltage is lower at lower temperatures.

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Depth of Discharge vs Electroyte Freeze Point. A fully charge lead acid battery freezes below -92F. A fully discharged lead acid battery freezes at 0F!   A 50% discharged battery can freeze at -16F.  Keep your batteries fully charged in the cold.      Source: C&D Technologies Technical Bulletin 41-7953

A battery freezing has a loose analogy to frostbite in people.  In people once a cell freezes, it can’t be put back the same way and it dies.  That is what frostbite is.  The same is true when a battery freezes.  When the electrolyte freezes, it makes changes inside the battery that can’t be undone.

Letting a battery freeze is battery abuse and not covered under warranty.  Battery specialists identify battery freezing because the case of the battery is swollen from the water ice expanding the battery.  Since vehicle batteries are vented, they only swell when frozen.

Jim Logan
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Battery Giant of Pittsburgh
10 St. Francis Way, Suite 9
Cranberry Township, PA 16066

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Free Battery Recycling – Why We Do it and the Small Print

Battery of Pittsburgh offers free battery recycling every day to consumers and most companies.

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Why do we offer free battery recycling?

1. It’s the right thing to do since we sell batteries. All batteries are green so long as they are recycled. If disposed of wrongly they can be toxic waste.
2. It’s a great introduction to people who probably need to buy batteries. Our first interaction is to provide a free service rather than try to make a sale.
3. Our competition charges for some battery recycling. Recycling all batteries for free makes us different.

 

Why don’t others offer free battery recycling?
Because it cost us money to recycle some batteries. Our competition doesn’t like spending this money to recycle those batteries. On the other hand, some batteries have some value when we recycle them. We have discovered doing the right thing – recycling all batteries – is cost neutral to us. People don’t really care which batteries cost or earn a nominal amount when recycled – so they bring them all to us. They get good karma, we get good karma. Everyone wins by doing the right thing.

 

What do we ask of companies that we provide free battery recycling for?
We require the company name, location, a contact name, and contact phone and email.  Also,

DO:

  1. Do use our green buckets to collect batteries.
  2. Do put clear tape over the terminals of any battery 9V or higher. Do put clear tape over the terminals of any lithium-ion rechargeable battery as well.
  3. If you collect buckets of batteries at a time, please do separate them with buckets for “Rechargeables” and “Non-rechargeables” at the collection point.

DON’T:

  1.  Please don’t put batteries in bags.

 

“Most companies” – What company do we and don’t we provide free battery recycling for?
We’ve never charged for battery recycling yet, but would like to put our dibs in for a few situations where we may. These include

  •  Companies not willing to follow our rules for our recycling program. Including those that want to dump batteries on us but not tell us where they are coming from. We also insist as part of the quid pro quo that you use our green battery recycling buckets rather than buckets you are discarding to collect batteries in. We offer free battery recycling, not free bucket disposal.
  • Companies that have industrial quantities of lithium primary batteries that you will never buy from us (and are expensive to recycle). We don’t mind some lithium primary batteries as part of the mix. But you are generating them by the bucket or barrel, that is another matter. We can help you recycle them for a fee.
  • If a company consciously decides to use us for battery recycling but blocks us from even discussing what batteries we can quote for you, we may stop or put a fee on recycling. We are ok if a relationship is slow to develop. However, if all you want in the relationship is to dump on us forever, then we want out.

Again, we have never hit any of these situations and hoping for doing right and good karma getting us through.

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