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  • PSA: Recycle Your Christmas Tree

    This post is dedicated to a specific set of neighbors.

    I interrupt my mini-blogging vacation to bring you this special announcement.

    I hate seeing Christmas trees left out at the curb (it’s illegal here, too). And there’s absolutely no excuse for it when Los Angeles County makes it really easy to recycle your tree. To find a location, click here or call 1(888)CLEAN LA.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

    Recycling Button Cell Batteries

    My in-laws just picked up a new Fisher-Price toy for Tyler that included an insert for recycling button cell batteries. I couldn’t help wondering about the purpose of the insert – after all, I’d never seen one encouraging me to recycle alkaline batteries used in toys. It turns out that button cell batteries contain mercury, which can be poisonous.

    To find a recycling center for button cell batteries, Mattel (Fisher-Price’s parent company) recommends the site Earth911 with these instructions:

    • Type your zip/postal code in the upper left hand box.
    • Click GO.
    • Click on HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE under the heading LOCAL SERVICES.
    • Click on MERCURY CONTAINING ITEMS, located in the first column of the Household Hazardous Waste box in the middle of the page.
    • Locate the nearest Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility to take your Button Cell Battery (ies).

    If there isn’t a recycling center in your area, you can call Mattel at 800-432-5437 and they’ll will send you a pre-paid mailing envelope to return the batteries.