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Angela Heckart’s Gifted and Talented students from Beattie Elementary took on the challenge of spreading the word about proper battery recycling, and they delivered in a big way. They heard that Larimer County Hazardous Waste was holding a battery safety design contest, and twenty-six students jumped on the opportunity to enter.

“There is a big focus on creativity and empowering students to make a difference at Beattie Elementary,” said Ms. Heckart. “The battery design contest seemed like a great opportunity to bring those two values together.” The students’ creativity and eagerness to make a difference are unmistakable in their work. Their drawings bloom with flames, illustrating the consequences of putting batteries in the trash or conventional recycling. They also sport phrases like “Save our environment” and “help the future” by “taking batteries to a special place,” demonstrating that these students have a firm grasp of the bigger picture.

We have high hopes that what Ms. Heckart’s students learned in the classroom will have a far-reaching impact. Family and friends who hear about the project may benefit from their knowledge. Larimer County Hazardous Waste seized the opportunity to take advantage of that ripple effect, while celebrating the students’ hard work, by gifting each student 5 stickers featuring their own artwork. Leapin’ Lizard Labels, a Fort Collins-based label printing company, generously donated the stickers. The students will be able to keep the stickers as a memento or use them to educate others about battery safety and proper recycling.

Batteries can start fires if they are disposed of in the trash or curbside recycling. Prevent fires by taking them to a designated site, where they will be prepared for safe shipment and processing. Batteries are accepted for free from residents at the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Facility, the Loveland Recycling Center, and the City of Fort Collins Timberline Recycling Center. They are also accepted at some retailers. Visit larimer.org/solidwaste/batteries for more information.

To see Ms. Heckart’s students’ work go to larimer.org/solidwaste/contest.


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Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 3:03pm

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