Battery recycling boxes will be removed from City of Barrie facilities Nov. 30

News release – City of Barrie

The City of Barrie will end the residential battery recycling box program in selected City facilities effective November 30, but batteries will continue to be accepted at the Waste & Recycling Depot past November 30 (during operational hours).

“The program has been extremely popular and thanks to Barrie residents who participated, we have diverted many batteries from our landfill, which is a great success,” says Bala Araniyasundaran, General Manager of Infrastructure & Growth Management.

The battery recycling box program in City facilities collected 2.235 tonnes of batteries in the less than two months they were operational; for comparison in all of 2022, 4.862 tonnes of batteries were collected at the Landfill Household Hazardous Waste Depot. 

The City begins a new waste collection contract in May 2024, and curbside battery collection is included in that contract. Curbside battery collection will occur in November of 2024.

Residents can also bring used residential batteries to be disposed of free of charge at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility, open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or the Waste & Recycling Depot, open Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., both located at 272 Ferndale Drive North. Batteries will continue to be accepted at these locations after November 30, 2023.

The City will continue to explore alternative options for residents to recycle their batteries, in addition to offering curbside collection of batteries in 2024.

Residents are reminded that batteries should always be stored in a cool, dry location, away from any flammable material. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on 9-Volt and lithium batteries should be covered with electrical tape prior to storage.

For a list of the City facilities that currently have battery recycling boxes until November 30, visit barrie.ca/BatteryDisposal.

Banner image – file photo – Barrie 360

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