Got any dead batteries taking up drawer space?
Simcoe County wants them. Curbside battery collection returns November 2 to 6, something the County says is a vital program to protect the environment by keeping batteries, which contain harmful substances, out of the garbage and landfills.
You should have received disposable battery bags in the mail. Batteries can also be placed in clear, sealed bags. The battery bags must be placed curbside where they can be seen beside (not inside) the recycling box on your regularly scheduled collection day.
Only single use batteries are being accepted, such as type AAA, AA, A, C, D, 9 volt and button batteries commonly used for hearing aids and watches. Any County of Simcoe household hazardous waste facility will accept rechargeable batteries, cell phone and lap top batteries, car, industrial and battery packs, but they are not accepted in next week’s program.
There was a total of 28.32 tonnes of batteries collected in the County’s 2019 program, up nearly 10 per cent over the previous year. The collection rate last year was almost 58 per cent higher than when the program first launched in 2014.
Collected batteries are consolidated and sent for processing to an Ontario company that separates the various components of the batteries, with approximately 90 per cent of the battery components being recycled.