Battery Collection Days are back! From November 6th to 17th, place your dead household batteries in a plastic resealable bag on top of your blue box recycling.
Before outlining the reasons why recycling batteries is so important, let’s go over the process of Battery Collection Days. Some details to note:
- Gather up your spent batteries. This is a great opportunity to declutter. Place your AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, 96, and button cell batteries in a plastic, resealable bag. Ensure that 9V, 96, and button cell batteries are covered with masking tape on the exposed terminals (the top part of the 9V and 96, the exposed metal back of the button cell battery). If you don’t have a resealable ziploc-style bag, stop by Quinte Waste Solutions at 270 West St. in Trenton to pick up a bag while quantities last.
- Insert the cut-out tag from the back of the 2017 Hazardous & Electronic Waste schedule and place it in the ziploc-style bag to help identify the recycled batteries for the program. If you’ve misplaced your printed schedule, you can pick up another at 270 West St. in Trenton. Or, label the bag with a piece of masking tape and write “Battery Bag Collection.”
- Place your bag of batteries on top of your sorted fiber products. Ensuring that the bags are placed in a clear resealable bag will allow the drivers to see what is in the bag. Find out when your recycling will be picked up here.
- Lastly, and most importantly, feel good about recycling!
Why should you recycle your batteries? Here are 3 benefits.
1. Reducing Waste
Even though household batteries are generally small, over time they build up in the landfills. Consider the number of batteries you use, and how many batteries would end up in landfills if everyone’s batteries ended up in the garbage. Its no secret that landfills are filling up, and the problems associated with garbage like habitat loss, pollutants, and public health problems associated with pollutants. The environmental footprint from creating new materials is an additional negative impact on our environment that can be avoided through recycling batteries.
2. Environmental Safety
Some of the materials found within batteries can be dangerous if they are not properly disposed of. Chemicals that can contaminate the environment found within batteries are lead, mercury, and cadmium. Each of these poses a negative effect on our environment. Let’s keep our communities clean and free of potentially harmful chemicals. When you recycle your batteries through this program, 100% of each alkaline battery is reused by the RMC (Raw Materials Company) in Port Colborne, Ontario.
3. Conservation of Materials
In order to be resource efficient, it is more proactive to use the chemicals and metals within the batteries over again. With the RMC, you can feel safe and confident knowing that the material of the batteries will be reused!