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Local News
12:43 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Is Battery Program Environmentalism Or Profit For AAA Carolinas?

The heavy metals and acids in car batteries are extremely toxic to the environment, but those materials are also highly sought by scrap yards, recycling centers, and battery resellers.
Credit Derek Rankine / Flickr

Saturday is Earth Day, so it's the time of year when companies, non-profits, and advocacy groups urge you to do your part to save the environment. One example: AAA Carolinas has an annual promotion called the Great Battery Roundup, where the organization offers $5 for drivers to turn in used or junk car batteries. The program may have environmental benefits, although the going rate for used batteries is often more than double on the open market.


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Arts & Life
11:56 am
Thu November 29, 2012

'Fundred' Dollar Project Blends Art And Advocacy

'Fundred' dollar bills hanging in the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston
Contemporary Art Museum, photo by Rick Gardner

Since 2008, Mel Chin has traveled the country and collected over 400,000 of what he calls “fundred” dollar bills. They are hand-drawn interpretations of hundred dollar bills, using a template he created. He collects from individuals, schools, and community organizations.

“Our mission is to have everybody who wants to contribute can contribute a drawing,” Chin explained on WFAE’s Charlotte Talkss. “A drawing of currency they see it in the form of like a hundred dollars, it’s a “fundred”. They’re like, we’re having fun and to fund something.”

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