The Energizer Bunny would be proud of what Simcoe County residents have accomplished.
The number of batteries collected during the County of Simcoe’s week-long curbside program from November 4-8 last year increased by 9.8% over 2018. Despite widespread impacts to waste collection during that period, 28.32 tonnes of single-use batteries were collected.
The tonnage exceeded that of all other participating municipalities, including larger jurisdictions like Niagara, Peel Region and Durham Region.
The timing of the County’s sixth annual curbside battery collection coincided with the end of daylight savings time when fire departments promote changing smoke alarm batteries.
The 2019 tonnage was nearly 58% (57.9%) higher than year one of the program in 2014.
Staff at the hazardous waste facilities have also noticed many residents drop-off batteries in the battery bag distributed for the curbside program. They believe the curbside program has had the added benefit of raising awareness.