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One of the things I do as part of Spring cleaning is cleaning out bathroom cupboards and junk drawers, throwing out old products, half used lotions and dried out markers from the craft drawer too.
In my junk drawer were plenty of new and used batteries. I’ll be honest I had no idea what to do with the used ones, but my husband would not let me just throw them out so we set them aside.
It’s a good thing we did, did you know that used batteries can be recycled?
Call2Recycle is a not-for-profit organization that provides a battery recycling program to Canadians at no cost and collects and recycles all single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kg each and cellphones. These items can actually be recycled into new batteries, metal alloys and stainless steel products (like golf clubs). So save them from a landfill and help protect our natural resources by recycling your used batteries. It’s so easy to recycle batteries with plenty of locations across Canada.
We decided to use a small jar inside my office drawer for used batteries going forward, so we always know where they go! Then I can do the drop off at my nearest location every few months.
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Visit call2recycle.ca to find a location near you.
As you jump on board the battery recycling train, it’s important to make sure you are being safe and responsible while doing so.
5 TIPS FOR SAFE & EASY BATTERY RECYCLING
- Safety first! Be sure to safely prep your batteries. There are two options: bag or tape. Option A: Bag each battery in its own clear plastic bag before placing it in a storage container. Option B: you can tape the terminals with clear packing, non-conductive electrical or duct tape, keeping label visible.
- Stay cool. Store the batteries in a cool, dry place. Incidents can occur when batteries are exposed to inclement or excessively hot weather. Store them in a plastic container; avoid metal.
- Possible damage? If you see a swollen or bulging battery, immediately put it in a non-flammable material, such as sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place. DO NOT THROW AWAY. Contact Call2Recycle, the manufacturer or retailer immediately for instructions, especially if the label says it is Lithium or Lithium-Ion.
- Timing is everything. Aim to drop off batteries to recycle within six months, ensuring they are bagged or taped. You can use our locator to find the nearest drop-off site.
- Spread the word. As we all use batteries to power our world, share the knowledge about battery recycling. It’s the right thing to do and helps keep batteries out of landfills!
What’s accepted and what’s not?
Call2Recycle collects and recycles all single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kg each and cellphones. Visit call2recycle.ca to find a location near you.
Call2Recycle does not accept:
- Car batteries
Wet cell Ni-Cd, Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries
Visibly or known to be damaged batteries (leaking, cracked case)
Cellphone chargers or accessories
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