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Public Service Announcement

Save unwanted batteries for April curbside collection

WHITBY, ON February 25, 2015

With the upcoming spring time change and local fire departments’ promotion of changing batteries in smoke alarms, The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents to save their used or unwanted batteries for recycling during the next curbside battery collection.


Curbside battery collection will take place on regular collection days 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

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.