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Public Service Announcement

Special curbside battery collection in Durham Region week of April 20

WHITBY, ON April 13, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents to set out their used or unwanted household batteries for recycling on their regular collection day during the week of April 20.


Curbside battery collection will take place on regular collection days during the week of April 20.


Households across Durham Region who currently receive curbside collection services.


Batteries are not garbage. Up to 92 per cent of battery components are recyclable and recoverable.


  • Residents received two orange stickers in their 2014/2015 Waste Management Calendars, distributed via Canada Post. A printable version of the label can be found at Residents should affix the label to their own clear, “zipper-style” plastic bag containing unwanted batteries. The sealed bag should be placed on top of blue boxes on regular collection days, during the week of April 20 only. Placing the bags on top of blue box materials with the orange sticker will help collection operators clearly identify battery bags, and keep them separate from blue box materials.
  • For safety reasons, only undamaged batteries should be set out for collection. A full list of acceptable batteries can be found at Residents with damaged or leaking batteries should place them in a leak-proof container and bring them to a Regional waste management facility for safe recycling. Automotive batteries are not accepted in the curbside collection; they should also be taken to a Regional waste management facility for recycling. Residents who miss their collection day, or do not have curbside collection service, may take their batteries to a Regional waste management facility or visit to find more battery recycling drop-off locations open year-round.
  • 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
  • Since 2012, Durham residents have diverted 78 metric tonnes (78,000 kilograms) of household batteries from the waste stream. Battery recycling reduces environmental impacts, such as soil contamination and water pollution, and allows valuable resources to be recovered.

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.