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AAA Washington Invites Western Washington to Turn “Batteries to Branches” this Summer 

New campaign partners with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust to combine car battery recycling with local restoration efforts 

BELLEVUE, Wash. (May 1, 2024) — AAA Washington – a local leader in Automotive Services, Insurance and Travel with 1.2. million members – today announces details of its “Batteries to Branches” campaign. The new campaign is in partnership with the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, a local non-profit committed to preserving and enhancing Washington’s natural landscapes. Beginning this May through summer, AAA Washington will host five “Batteries to Branches” events at its stores, inviting members and the broader community to bring in old car batteries from gas-powered cars to be recycled. For every recycled car battery, a tree will be donated to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust’s restoration efforts along the I-90 corridor.  

“AAA Washington is committed to supporting healthy, sustainable communities,” said Laura Ray, vice president of corporate affairs and environmental, social and governance with AAA Washington. “Our ‘Batteries to Branches’ campaign keeps car batteries out of the landfill while supporting the work of the Trust, a longtime AAA Washington partner with whom we have planted more than 6,000 trees.” 

It is estimated that one million car batteries across the U.S. are left unrecycled annually, posing environmental risks as well as health, safety and fire hazards. In 2023, the AAA Washington recycled more than 23,000 car batteries, keeping lead, acid and plastic out of landfills and/or being released into water sources while helping transform materials into new products.  

At each “Batteries to Branches” event, AAA Washington automotive technicians will be on-site to provide free battery testing, replacement and recycling services. For every car battery collected and recycled, AAA Washington will donate a tree to be planted by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust.  

A list of Batteries to Branches events across Western Washington AAA stores include: 

  • AAA Alderwood Cruise & Travel: Wednesday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • AAA Tacoma Cruise & Travel: Tuesday, June 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • AAA Bremerton Cruise & Travel: Wednesday, July 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • AAA Mt. Vernon Cruise & Travel: Wednesday, August 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • AAA Vancouver Cruise & Travel: Tuesday, September 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“This partnership with AAA Washington represents our shared dedication to creating a more sustainable future for Washingtonians,” said Jon Hoekstra, executive director of Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. “By responsibly recycling car batteries and planting trees, we are not only preventing harmful materials from reaching our landfills but also actively restoring and revitalizing Washington’s natural landscapes.”  

About AAA Washington:

AAA Washington was established in 1904 by 10 prominent Seattleites determined to champion the betterment of motoring conditions and laws, the preservation of Washington state’s natural beauty and the promotion of Washington as an unrivaled tourist destination. Nearly 120 years later, the club continues to pursue these on behalf of its 1.2 million members. 

Members of AAA Washington receive exclusive benefits, including roadside assistance, discounts on hotels and rental cars, comprehensive insurance options, and personalized trip planning. AAA Washington was named a Best Place to Work by Puget Sound Business Journal and voted the best Travel/Tourism Company by 425 Business readers in 2023, and AAA was named one of the most trusted travel and automotive brands in the U.S. Additional information is available through the company’s Washington and northern Idaho stores and at 

About AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a nonprofit, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur. This research is used to develop educational materials for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and other road users. Visit

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