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Lithium Battery In-Home Scavenger Hunt Winners!

Thank you to employees who entered our Lithium Battery In-Home Scavenger Hunt! The contest’s goal was to identify as many devices as possible in your home that contain lithium batteries. We had an overwhelming response with participants in the contest identifying an average of 20 devices in their home containing a lithium battery – and some identifying over 100 devices! The top 10 most common devices identified included:

  1. Cell phones
  2. Tablets
  3. Laptops
  4. Cordless power tools
  5. Electric toothbrushes
  6. Digital cameras
  7. Security systems
  8. Bluetooth speakers
  9. Smartwatches
  10. Wireless headphones

Congratulations to the following winners! Each winner will receive a Republic Services diecast truck!

  • Carol S., Sr Lead Internal Auditor, Phoenix, AZ
  • Joe M., Recycling Heavy Equipment Operator, Williston, ND
  • Tomas C., Relief Driver, Gardena, CA
  • Brian M., GM Accelerated Trainee, Greensboro, NC
  • George L., Operations Clerk, Devens, MA

Stay tuned for more fun contests in 2024!


Lithium Battery Collection Drive at HQ

Republic Services is reminding employees to dispose of lithium batteries safely. If an electronic device can be recharged, it is safe to assume it has a lithium-ion battery inside it. These batteries are very common in many of our consumer products, including cell phones, laptops and tablets, electronic toothbrushes and power drills. Do not put lithium-ion batteries in trash or recycling bins as they can catch fire or explode if improperly handled. Always return lithium-ion batteries and rechargeable devices to a designated electronics recycling location or event.

HQ is holding a lithium battery collection event, January 8 – 19, to make it easy to dispose of these batteries. A collection box will be located at the HQ East and West lobbies. Please remove the batteries from the devices before dropping them in the collection bins.

To learn about safe battery disposal, visit