Batteries are in a whole bunch of stuff: Laptops, remotes, phones, portable chargers, tablets, vapes, garage clickers (you get it), and in Seattle, they can’t go in the garbage anymore. This includes double and AAA batteries.

Seattle Public Utilities and the city government want residents to keep batteries out of the garbage because they’re a safety risk.

“In the last two years, the Seattle Fire Department has responded to 79 fires involving lithium-ion batteries, often involving e-scooters, e-bikes, and portable electronics,” said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

If they find batteries or electronics waste in the trash, public utilities will place a tag on a garbage cart or dumpster to let people know of the new rule. Repeated tags would warrant a phone call or a letter to explain.
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