By Megan Malone on Nov 1, 2013

Daylight Savings: Check the Detector & Recycle the Batteries

Don't forget to turn back the clock on Nov. 4 — and recycle your used batteries.

Don't forget to turn back the clock on Nov. 4 — and recycle your used batteries. Photo: Shutterstock.

We’re all about to gain an extra hour when we “fall back” during the Daylight Savings time-change. Why not spend that extra hour doing something good for your home and your planet?

Many of us use these time-changes every six months to check our smoke detector’s batteries, thanks to the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign -- a global initiative launched by battery manufacturers and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. The campaign's goal is to decreasing the number of deaths from fire-related accidents.

But what do you do if your detector’s batteries are caput? Call2Recycle encourages you to, no surprise here, recycle them! The organization has partnered with more than 400 fire departments, several of which serve as battery drop-off locations, in an effort to reduce the amount of battery waste in landfills. In fact, this year alone, they’ve already diverted more than 24,000 pounds of used batteries from landfills.

If your local fire department isn’t accepting spent batteries, check out Earth911's Recycling Guide under "Electronics" to find locations throughout the U.S. that will accept them.

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