AAA Carolinas recently announced, as a part of Car Care Month, that it will be holding its annual Great Fall Battery Roundup through October 31.

The event pays consumers $5 per battery returned to any number of eight AAA car centers and 22 auto repair shops.

"These batteries have contaminates in it," said Lori Jo Simmons, AAA general manager "And, of course they can cause stream and ground pollution. So, we really do need to clean up our areas and make sure that we get them back to being recycled properly."

AAA is accepting auto and marine batteries for disposal. Motorists are encouraged from now until the end of the month to bring their old batteries in for cash.

AAA reported that they have recycled more than 15,000 batteries in both North and South Carolina in the past three years.

It appears new auto batteries will not be made by A123 Systems as the battery maker recently filed for bankruptcy. The company received $249.1 million in federal funding in 2009 and like Solyndra, the solar-panel maker which received $535 million, went bankrupt.

The electric vehicle battery market is expected to increase to $50 billion by 2020, up from $5 billion in 2010.