Los Angeles-area Jiffy Lube stores have begun a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) to add recycling collection containers for household batteries at 28 stores.

More than 900,000 household batteries are improperly disposed of each year in Los Angeles, which has led to leaking chemicals that contaminate air, water and food, according to Jiffy Lube.

Of the 28 Los Angeles-area stores with collection containers, two are within the Argonaut coverage area — at 2344 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica and 8525 Sepulveda Blvd. in Westchester.

“We all need to do our part to help keep L.A.’s air and water clean and safe,” City Council president Eric Garcetti said. “Recycling household batteries is an easy way to help clean up our environment and now Jiffy Lube is helping to make it easier to do that in the City of Los Angeles.”

Each participating Jiffy Lube location displays a white container in which residents can place AA, AAA, C cells, D cells and button batteries (hearing aid and watch batteries). The batteries will be picked up by the Department of Public Works and recycled.

“Jiffy Lube collects more used oil than any company in North America — approximately 450 gallons every week at each of our stores in L.A. alone, so offering our customers the convenience of recycling their household batteries is our natural extension of our mission to be a good community partner,” said Robert Curry, president of the Jiffy Lube Southern California Cooperative and owner of eight participating stores.

The program is expected to reach more than two million people through in-store communications alone, according to Jiffy Lube. Additionally, the Department of Public Works will provide information through its monthly mobile drop-off facilities.

“We’re excited that Jiffy Lube has opened its doors to the city’s recycling effort, becoming our first corporate partner to offer collection for household batteries,” said Board of Public Works commissioner Ernest C·rdenas. “We want to continue to get the word out that batteries need to be taken to an approved drop-off facility.

“Tossing batteries in the trash is harmful to the environment, and it’s illegal.”

Enrique C. Zaldivar, interim director for the city Bureau of Sanitation, added, “The Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation currently operates six permanent drop-off facilities for household hazardous waste and used oil in the city of Los Angeles.

“We’re always looking for partners to help us increase access to recycling points and it’s great that Jiffy Lube is giving us another 28 locations to which we can direct people to conveniently recycle their batteries and used motor oil.”

Jiffy Lube officials say they hope to expand the program next year throughout Los Angeles County.

Information on participating stores, www.jiffylubela.com/, or the Department of Public Works hotline at (800) 988-6942 (800-98-TOXIC).