Battery Recycling Program
CURBSIDE COLLECTION IS BACK!!! Place your taped, dead batteries in a clear ziplock bag on top of your papers blue box on your regular collection day.
March 13-23, 2023 – November 6-17, 2023
What Has Changed
Not sure what batteries need to be taped? See below
As of July 1, 2020, following the wind up of Stewardship Ontario’s battery recycling program on June 30, 2020, battery producers are individually accountable and financially responsible for collecting and reusing, refurbishing or recycling their batteries when consumers discard them. With the regulations on battery recycling change, this also means, that how we collect dead batteries from residents has also changed.
Hazardous & Electronic Waste Depot
Material Recovery Facility
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- Alkaline (AAA, AA, C, D) – Do not need to be taped
- 6 Volt – Terminals must be taped, regardless of composition
- 9 Volt – Terminals must be taped, regardless of composition
- Rechargeable (AAA, AA, C, D, other) – Terminals must be taped, regardless of composition:
- Nickel Cadmium (NiCd)
- Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
- Lithium-ion (Li-ion)
- Lithium-ion Polymer (LiPo)
- Button cells
- Must be taped, regardless of composition
- Can be taped in “ravioli” style
- Sealed Lead Acid – Terminals must be taped
- Vented Cell – Terminals must be taped, regardless of composition
- Nickel Cadmium (Ni-cd)
- Nickel Iron
- Mercury oxide
How To Prepare Batteries For Recycling
Rechargeable batteries come in all the common sizes like AA, AAA, C, D and 9 volt and you’ll find them in many different household devices. They’re also used in cellphones, laptops and tools. Carefully inspect rechargeable batteries for damage. Please ensure any exposed terminals or wires are taped or bagged during storage and prior to recycling.
Primary Lithium “Button” Cell Batteries (non-rechargeable).
Special consideration must be taken to ensure all primary lithium “button” cell batteries have their positive terminals taped prior to recycling. We recommend taping both the positive and negative terminals by simply placing a single piece of tape around the top and bottom of the button cell covering both terminal ends.
Button cell batteries are used in many applications such as musical greeting cards, watches and hearing aids.
Other Primary Lithium Cell Batteries (non-rechargeable)
Sealed Lead Acid Batteries (SLA)
6 Volt Batteries
All 9 Volt (Including Alkaline)
9 Volt batteries are the type usually found in smoke detectors and alarm clocks. Simply place a piece of masking tape over the terminal ends to secure both the positive and negative terminals.
Broken or Damaged Batteries
Carefully place broken and or leaking batteries into a separate baggie or UN approved container with protective gloves and eyewear. Mark the container if it contains broken batteries. Do not bring broken or damaged batteries to RMC’s collection sites, please contact RMC to make recycling arrangements.