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Public Service Announcement

Durham's award-winning battery collection returns week of Nov. 2

WHITBY, ON October 22, 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 Nov. 2.


Nov. 2 to 6, on regular Blue Box collection days.


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. This program aims to eliminate mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals from entering the environment by responsibly recycling batteries through proper processing.

Since 2012, Durham residents have diverted 95 metric tonnes (95,000 kilograms) of household batteries from the waste stream. With resident’s commitment to this program, Durham Region will surpass the milestone of recycling 100 metric tonnes of household batteries!


Residents received two orange stickers in their 2015 Waste Management Calendars, distributed via Canada Post. Residents should affix the sticker to their own clear, zipper-style plastic bags containing used or unwanted household batteries. A printable label is also available online at

Sealed bags should be placed on top of paper fiber blue boxes for collection. Placing the bags on top of paper fiber blue box materials with the orange sticker affixed will help collection operators clearly identify battery bags and ensure batteries do not get mixed with the container stream.

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 the batteries in a leak-proof container and deliver them to a Regional waste management facility for safe recycling. Residents who miss their collection day, or do not have curbside collection service, may take batteries to a Regional waste management facility or visit to find more local battery recycling drop-off locations.

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 (taped) prior to storage. Learn more about safe battery storage and disposal at

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.