Battery bag recycling program changing – Ontario News

Battery bag recycling program changing – Ontario News


Quinte area residents are being asked to use their own bags when now recycling used batteries.

Households will no longer receive battery bags in the mail as has been the standard for the past number of years. Instead, residents can now use whichever re-sealable plastic bag they have at home to recycle their intact household batteries on their recycling day that falls between April 10 and 21.

“The curbside battery bag program has been a great success.” stated Dan Orr, communications co-ordinator for Quinte Waste Solutions. “As a running average, Quinte has the highest participation rate out of 63 Ontario municipalities that also run a curbside battery program.”

Since offering a curbside battery bag program in 2013, over 60,000 pounds of batteries have been diverted from landfill from the program alone.

Orr said the use-your-own bag technique, which has been adopted by other municipalities in Ontario, won’t be a stretch for most people who already participate in the program.

To make things more familiar, on the back of the 2017 hazardous and electronic waste schedule that was sent out recently, are labels residents are encouraged to cut out, and place inside their bag of batteries. These labels will help the driver easily recognize the bags, and put them in the appropriate place in the recycling truck. 

Additional hazardous and electronic waste schedules can be picked up at local municipal offices, or downloaded from

Residents are asked to collect their spent household batteries and put them in a re-sealable plastic bag, and place that bag on top of…

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