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Public Service Announcement

Special curbside battery collection returns next week!

WHITBY, ON March 13, 2013 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents to set out their battery bags with used, undamaged, single-use, dry-cell batteries next week for collection.


Batteries will be collected during the week of March 18, on regular Blue Box collection days.


Residents throughout the Region of Durham, who currently receive curbside collection services, are asked to place their sealed battery bag containing unwanted batteries at the curb, on top of their Blue Box, during the week of March 18 only.


Eighty-six per cent of a battery is recyclable and recoverable.


New battery bags were affixed to residents’ Blue Boxes in early March with a white sticker; residents should check inside their Blue Boxes for their battery bag. Additional bags can be picked up at local municipal offices or participating fire halls during regular hours of operation. Only used or unwanted single-use alkaline batteries should be set out for collection. Leaking or wet-cell batteries should be placed in a leak-proof container and delivered to a Regional Waste Management Facility for recycling. Residents who miss their collection day, or do not have curbside collection service, are asked to visit to find the nearest battery recycling drop-off location, which 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 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, visit


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