AAA's Great Battery Roundup® Kick Off Press Conference 10 A.M. April 14

Automotive

Donate Used Batteries April 16–27 To Benefit International Bird Rescue Research Center

What: AAA's Great Battery Roundup is a recycling campaign to collect "stray" vehicle, motorcycle, boat and small plane batteries for recycling and supporting a local environmental group. Batteries will be accepted April 16–27 at 96 collection locations throughout the Southland. For every battery collected, the AAA Battery Service will donate $1.50 to the International Bird Rescue Research Center for bird rescue and environmental education.

Who: The Auto Club and motorists working together to remove an environmental and safety hazard from our communities. The Auto Club's goal is to collect 1,200 batteries from garages, carports, yards, tool sheds, storage units and other places.

When: 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, at the International Bird Rescue Research Center, 3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro. Telephone: 310-514-2573.

Photo Opp: Currently 40 birds are being treated at the IBRRC's San Pedro center. Visuals include birds in care and interviews with Auto Club and IBRRC representatives.

Why: To kick off recycling campaign and encourage motorists to participate and turn in used batteries. More than 95 percent of a vehicle battery lead is recycled. But five million stray batteries weren't returned to industry recycling plants last year. Dead batteries can discharge lead and sulfuric acid contaminating soil and water. Contamination creates a health hazard for humans, animals and birds.

Where: Front steps of the IBRRC's San Pedro center. Take the 405 Fwy. to the 110 south to San Pedro. At end of freeway, turn left onto Gaffey. Just past 36th Street is Angel's Gate Park. Turn right on Leavenworth and go into park. About a half mile up the road is the Marine Mammal Center. IBRRC is located in the Los Angeles Oiled Bird Care & Education Center next to MMC. Ph: 310-514-2573.

Other: A list of drop-off sites can be found at www.aaa-calif.com. Click on Automotive.

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