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April 16, 2021 – As part of AAA’s “green” initiatives and in honor of Earth Day (April 22) and National Arbor Day (April 30), the auto club will once again fund tree plantings for the responsible recycling of old car batteries when a new one is replaced by AAA’s Emergency Roadside Service, or at a AAA Car Care Insurance Travel Center, from April 19 through May 2.
Additionally, customers who visit any AAA retail store or AAA Car Care location within the Northwest Ohio area now through May 19 can also support a tree planting with a donation of $1 or more. All trees will be planted in National Forests through the Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit conservation and education organization. For store locations, visit AAA.com/Locations.
While the Batteries for Trees program was on hiatus last year due to COVID-19, the 2019 initiative resulted in AAA supporting the planting of 6,000 trees, an increase of 36 percent from the 4,400 tree plantings in 2018.
This year’s program will expand to include tree plantings in recognition of AAA Associates for their green activities and volunteerism efforts throughout the month of April. With this additional engagement, AAA’s tree planting goal for this year’s effort increases to 8,000 from the previous 6,000 goal. Since 2011, AAA has contributed to the planting of nearly 20,000 trees.
“AAA and our Associates recognize the environmental importance in recycling used car batteries and in engaging in ‘green’ practices,” said Amber Zionkowski, Corporate Citizenship Manager. “We are proud of these efforts that will help restore our earth, including the contribution to the greening of America through the planting of trees.”
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’s car battery supplier, Battery Service Solutions, collects and recycles all of the club’s spent batteries, and is a partner in this year’s Batteries for Trees campaign.
During 2020, battery-related issues were one of the key breakdown challenges for drivers, as their vehicles sat idle at home for long periods of time due to the pandemic. AAA replaced and recycled over 182,000 car batteries across their region in 2020, a 16 percent increase over 2019, while in Ohio, nearly 27,000 batteries were recycled due to replacements, reflecting a 10.3% percent rise from 2019.
This year, as more drivers are starting up their engines, as a result of increased vaccinations, decreased pandemic restrictions, and now the warmer weather, car battery-related issues continue to be a top breakdown issue. For the first quarter of 2021, AAA has replaced and recycled more than 48,000 car batteries, an increase of 28 percent over the same quarter in 2020. In Ohio, the auto club has recycled over 7,351 car batteries due to replacements during the first quarter of this year, representing more than 25 percent increase from the same time frame in 2020.
For those motorists with battery-related issues who do not want to leave their home during the pandemic, AAA’s Mobile Battery Service can travel to a member’s location to test their batteries, replace those that are spent and recycle the old battery for them. AAA’s roadside service drivers engage in COVID-19 safety measures while assisting drivers. AAA Members can call 1-800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357) for AAA’s Mobile Battery Service or visit AAA.com/Battery.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
The auto club recognizes the need of electric vehicle owners for access to vehicle charging stations when on the road, and has done its part to help contribute to the availability of EV charging stations. AAA has installed charging stations at select locations across their footprint, including two in the Northwest Ohio area: Perrysburg and Sylvania Township. 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.
AAA provides automotive, travel, and insurance services to 61 million members nationwide and nearly two and a half million members in Ohio. AAA advocates for the safety and mobility of its members and has been committed to outstanding road service for more than 100 years. AAA is a non-stock, non-profit corporation working on behalf of motorists, who can now map a route, find local gas prices, discover discounts, book a hotel, and track their roadside assistance service with the AAA Mobile app (AAA.com/mobile) for iPhone, iPad and Android. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.