April 18, 2021 – As part of AAA Oklahoma’s “green” initiatives and in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and National Arbor Day (April 30), the auto club will salute responsible recycling of old car batteries and fund tree plantings.
For each battery replacement by AAA’s Emergency Roadside Service or service technicians at AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Centers between now and May 2, the club will make a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit conservation and education organization.
Those who visit any AAA Oklahoma retail location through May 19, can join efforts to support tree planting with a donation of $1 or more. All trees will be planted in National Forests. Since 2011, AAA has contributed to the planting of nearly 20,000 trees.
“AAA Oklahoma associates recognize the environmental importance in recycling used car batteries and in engaging in ‘green’ practices,” said Leslie Gamble, Public and Government Affairs Manager. “We are proud of these efforts to be good stewards of our earth.”
Nearly 100 percent of a car battery can be recycled due to its three major components – lead, plastic, and sulfuric acid – which can be safely recycled. Recycling reduces toxic waste and lessens the demand for original materials required for new products. AAA Oklahoma’s car battery supplier, Battery Service Solutions, collects and recycles all of the club’s spent batteries.
Building A Greener Roadside Service Fleet
For some motorists calling for battery service, or a tow, AAA may be sending one of its 18 CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) battery trucks to the rescue, another environmentally-friendly business initiative by the auto club. Since 2012, AAA Oklahoma has been growing its roadside service fleet of “green” vehicles that run on alternative fuels, which provide reduced greenhouse gas emissions over conventional gasoline and diesel fuels.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The auto club recognizes the need of electric vehicle owners for access to charging stations when on the road, and has done its part to help contribute to their availability. AAA Oklahoma has EV charging stations at its locations in Edmond, Norman and Oklahoma City – Quail Springs. These electric vehicle charging stations are a free, 24-hour service with unlimited charging for AAA Members and the general public.
Electric vehicle drivers can find other charging locations throughout the country through AAA’s TripTik Planner feature that can be found on the AAA Mobile app or at AAA.com/TripTik. AAA offers additional resources and information to assist electric vehicle owners and educate consumers about electric vehicles at AAA Exchange.