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Public Service Announcement

Curbside battery collection in Durham Region returns week of Nov. 3

WHITBY, ON October 23, 2014

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. 3 only.


Nov. 3 to 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.


Residents received two orange stickers in their 2014 Waste Management Calendars, distributed via Canada Post. Residents should affix the sticker to their own clear, “zipper-style” plastic bags containing used or unwanted batteries. A printable label is also available online at

Sealed bags should be placed on top of paper fiber blue boxes for collection on regular collection days, during the week of Nov. 3 to 7 only. 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 fall into 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 their batteries to a Regional waste management facility or visit to find more 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 prior to storage. Learn more about safe battery storage and disposal at

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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.