The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Curbside battery collection is next week!

WHITBY, ON November 02, 2016

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. 7.


Battery collection occurs the week of Nov. 7 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. Since 2012, Durham residents have diverted 127 metric tonnes (127,000 kilograms) of household batteries from the waste stream.


Residents received two orange labels in their 2016-2017 Waste Management Calendars. A printable version of the label can be found at Residents should affix the label to a clear, sealable plastic bag containing unwanted batteries. The sealed bag should be placed on top of blue boxes on regular collection days, during the week of Nov. 7 only. Placing the bags on top of paper blue box materials with the orange label 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 recycling. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on lithium and nine-volt batteries, in particular, should be covered with masking tape prior to storage. For more information about preparing batteries for recycling please visit

Have questions about battery collection? Follow @RegionofDurham on Twitter, or tweet your participation using the hashtag #DurhamBattery. For more information, visit, email, call 1-800-677-5671 or download the Durham Region Waste app.

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