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K MART OFFERS BATTERY RECYCLE REBATE TO FLOOD VICTIMS

 READING, Pa., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In hope that little things mean a lot, flood victims with ruined automobile, marine or farm vehicle batteries will receive a coupon good for a $5 mail-in rebate off each replacement battery purchased at K mart between July 30 and Sept. 30.
 The incentive is offered by K mart Corporation (NYSE: KM) and Exide Corporation -- the world's largest automotive and marine battery manufacturer -- to help flood victims eliminate environmental and safety problems related to the improper disposal of junk batteries -- using the recycled lead and plastic to manufacture new batteries.
 In addition to the $5 rebate, customers returning used or discarded batteries in excess of the number of batteries purchased will receive $1 for each one (limit 12 batteries per customer). K mart has been offering a cash incentive for each used or discarded battery returned to its stores since 1990 when together with Exide it started its "Partners in Protecting the Environment(SM)" campaign. This campaign has resulted in the collection of more than 7 million batteries. K mart is committed to providing a healthier environment for America and has been recognized by keeping America beautiful with the "Vision of America" award.
 The $5 rebate is valid in flood-affected states which include: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, South Dakota and Nebraska. K mart stores nationwide will except auto and marine batteries for recycling through Exide.
 Exide offers these helpful tips on handling junk batteries:
 -- Batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid which is harmful to the skin (as well as the environment). The chemical reaction of lead and sulfuric acid also yields hydrogen gas which is highly explosive.
 -- Keep batteries away from open flames and sparks.
 -- When transporting batteries, make certain they are securely wrapped to avoid leakage. Plastic bags are good wrapping material.
 -- Wash hands thoroughly after handling any battery.
 -0- 7/27/93
 /CONTACT: George Harris of Exide Corporation, 215-440-9800/
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