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News Release

Durham Region celebrates Guinness World Record® for battery collection and reminds residents of second collection date

WHITBY, ON March 6, 2013 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department received accolades today at Durham Regional Council for earning a Guinness World Record® for most batteries collected in a 24-hour period.

“On behalf of The Regional Municipality of Durham, I am proud to say we are leaders in waste diversion and we have the Guinness World Record® to prove it,” said Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Every municipality participated in the collection, so it truly is Durham’s record. Thanks to everyone who helped to contribute to the recycling program and make this new world record a reality.”

Durham Region set out to collect the most batteries in a 24-hour period during a special curbside battery recycling pilot program in November 2012. This pilot program allows Durham residents who receive curbside collection services, the opportunity to place their unwanted, intact, single-use household batteries in specially designed battery bags and put them at the curb on top of blue box materials during special collection weeks.

The final weigh-in, which took place at the Durham Region Waste Management Centre just after 6 p.m. on Nov. 15, 2012, totalled 5,090 kilograms of batteries–smashing the previous record of 181.8 kg. This was part of 23.94 total tonnes of batteries collected over the course of the week.

“Not only is Durham Region the first regional municipality in Ontario to offer such an extensive curbside battery collection program, but we set a world record–putting us on the map internationally for our waste diversion efforts,” said Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works. “We’ve received calls from other municipalities across the province and around the world since the pilot program was launched, asking for advice on how to start their own battery collection program.”

The second phase of the battery recycling pilot program takes place the week of March 18. Residents will again receive a bag with bright orange markings; it will be affixed to their blue box. Batteries should be placed in the battery bag, and then put out at the curb on top of blue box materials on their designated collection day.

“We are happy to report an 11.3 per cent participation rate from residents during the first collection period, and hope that number will be even higher during our second collection period this month,” said Peter Veiga, Waste Management Supervisor. “Remember that 86 per cent of a battery is recoverable and recyclable, and batteries do not belong in the garbage.”

Residents who miss the collection date or do not have curbside collection service from the Region of Durham, are encouraged to visit www.makethedrop.ca to find the nearest battery recycling drop-off location that can be used any time of the year.

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location, away from any flammable material, prior to disposal. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on nine-volt batteries, in particular, should be covered prior to storage. Learn more about safe battery storage and disposal at www.hrsdc.gc.ca by clicking on Fire Protection > Federal Fire Protection Policies, Standards and Technical Documents > Technical Documents > Safe Storage, Use and Disposal of Batteries.

The Region of Durham’s Battery Recycling Pilot Program, “Batteries Dead? Recycle Instead!” is part of Orange Drop, a program operated by Stewardship Ontario. For more information on this pilot program or other waste initiatives, please visit www.durham.ca/battery.

From left: Regional Councillor Nester Pidwerbecki, Chair of the Works Committee; Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer; Mirka Januszkiewicz , Director of Waste Management; and Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works.

From left: Regional Councillor Nester Pidwerbecki, Chair of the Works Committee; Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer; Mirka Januszkiewicz , Director of Waste Management; and Cliff Curtis, Commissioner of Works.

 

 

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