Battery Sorting at Santa Monica Household Hazardous Waste
Description: In the state of California it is illegal to dispose of any type of battery by throwing it in the trash. Batteries are considered hazardous because of the metals and/or other toxic or corrosive materials contained within the batteries. Batteries also have value due to their recyclable metal content.
In 2010, the City of Santa Monica's HHW Center collected, sorted, and recycled 20,669 pounds of batteries with the help of our volunteers! According to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), approximately 700 million batteries (or 70.7 million pounds of batteries) will be sold in California in 2011.
The HHW depends on volunteers to assist staff in the important task of sorting and preparing the collected batteries for recycling.
The HHW Center is open for the following three-hour volunteer shifts:
Wednesdays: 9AM-12PM or 10AM-1PM
Thursdays: 9AM -12PM or 10AM-1PM
Fridays: 9AM-12PM or 10AM-1PM
To arrange a volunteer shift you must first email James Conway. Do not just show up at the facility. Please contact James at least 2 days in advance of the day you want to volunteer!
Santa Monica Household Hazardous Waste Facility
2500 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, California 90404
Visit www.sustainablesm.org/hhw for maps and other information.
The cross streets are Michigan Ave. and Cloverfield Ave. Volunteers can park along Michigan Ave. Please consider another form of transportation such as the bus or bike riding as street-parking is limited.
Special Instructions: Volunteers work indoors in an industrial setting and should wear full-length pants and a tee-shirt that you don't mind getting a little dirty. Closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Absolutely no sandals.
Sustainable Works is a non-profit environmental education organization and a project of Community Partners. Our mission is to foster a culture of sustainability in cities, colleges, and businesses.
The Sustainability Workshop program is a 9 week educational workshop. Students in the program meet for 1 1/2 hours once a week at the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies on the Santa Monica College Campus.
During the workshop meetings our participants will learn how to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday lifestyles, improve their quality of life, and save money while saving resources.
Sustainability Workshops teach students how to implement simple conservation methods with the help of a trained Workshop Leader and the Sustainable WorksBook. Our WorksBook is a comprehensive and up to date resource guide that provides valuable information and recommendations for the following topic areas: waste production, water, chemical, and energy consumption, transportation emissions and consumer habits. Each chapter increases one's understanding of the local, regional, and global environmental impact of their daily choices.
Each week a trained Workshop Leader facilitates the hour and a half meeting. Workshop Leaders review participants' lifestyle assessment, educate on the topic, demonstrate a variety of simple activities, and recommend specific changes that reduce participants' environmental impact. Our peer-to-peer learning environment makes Sustainability Workshops fun and trains tomorrow's environmental leaders.
Each meeting engages students in hands-on, interactive and educational experiences.