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Public Service Announcement

Curbside battery collection is November 6 through 10

WHITBY, ON October 30, 2017

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 November 6.


Battery collection occurs the week of November 6 on 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 160 metric tonnes (160,000 kilograms) of household batteries from the waste stream.


Residents received two orange labels in their 2017-2018 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 November 6 only. Placing labelled bags on top of paper blue box materials helps collection operators clearly identify battery bags, and keep them separate from blue box materials.

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location, away from 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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For more information, please contact Corporate Communications.