The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Save your batteries for curbside recycling

WHITBY, ON January 9, 2014 – If new electronics were introduced to your household over the holiday season, don't forget to save used or unwanted batteries for recycling. Durham Region offers curbside battery recycling twice a year, and the next collection is in April.


April 21 to 26, on your blue box collection day.


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 of Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Pickering, Scugog and Uxbridge have received two orange stickers inside their 2014 Waste Management Calendars, distributed via Canada Post. Oshawa and Whitby residents can pick up sticker labels at select local municipal offices. A full list of locations, as well as a printable version of the label, can be found at Residents should affix the labels to their own clear, "zipper-style" plastic bags containing unwanted batteries. The sealed bags should be placed on top of blue boxes for collection during the week of April 21 to 26 only. Residents of Oshawa and Whitby are advised their collection day will be affected by the Easter holiday and to check their waste management calendars.

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

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 their batteries to a Regional waste management facility or visit to find more battery recycling drop-off locations.


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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.