The Regional Municipality of Durham


Public Service Announcement

Save unwanted batteries for April curbside recycling

WHITBY, ON March 14, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to remind residents to save used or unwanted batteries for next month's curbside battery collection.

WHEN:

Curbside collection will take place on regular collection days the week of April 21. Residents in the City of Oshawa and the Town of Whitby are advised that day-shift changes will be in place due to Easter Monday. This means that residents with collection scheduled for Monday, April 21 will temporarily have their collection moved to the following day (Tuesday, April 22). This shift will continue throughout the week until collection scheduled for Friday, April 25 is moved to Saturday, April 26.

WHERE:

Households across Durham Region who currently receive curbside collection services.

WHY:

Batteries are not garbage. Up to 92 per cent of battery components are recyclable and recoverable. With the recent Daylight Saving Time change and promotion of changing batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, residents are asked to save old batteries for recycling.

NOTE:

Residents of Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Pickering, Scugog and Uxbridge received two orange stickers in their 2013/2014 Waste Management Calendars, distributed via Canada Post. Oshawa and Whitby residents can pick up sticker labels at select local municipal offices, or print off their own label. A full list of locations, as well as a printable version of the label, can be found at www.durham.ca/battery.

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 for collection on regular collection days, during the week of April 21 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 www.durham.ca/battery. 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. 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 www.makethedrop.ca 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 www.durham.ca/battery.

 

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