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Public Service Announcement

Curbside battery collection week of April 18

WHITBY, ON April 05, 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 April 18. Battery recycling reduces environmental impacts, such as soil contamination and water pollution, and allows valuable resources to be recovered.


Battery collection occurs the week of April 18 on regular Blue Box collection days.


Households across Durham Region who currently receive curbside Blue Box recycling collection services.


Batteries are not garbage. Up to 92 per cent of battery components are recyclable and recoverable.


Residents received two orange labels in their 2015/2016 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 April 18 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 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.

Have any questions about spring battery collection? Follow @RegionofDurham on Twitter, or tweet 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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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.