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Recharge your recycling habits – battery collection runs November 2 to November 5

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Kawartha Lakes –Battery collection takes place next week from November 2 to November 5. Place used and old batteries inside a clear resealable bag and leave it on top of your recycling materials when you place them curbside.

Why is recycling batteries so important?

  • Batteries are considered hazardous waste. When they end up in our landfills and begin to rot, they emit chemicals that may leak into the ground. This harms the environment, including nearby animals, through the soil and water pollution it creates.
  • Materials found in batteries can be recycled into many different things. For example, most batteries are 25% steel, which is 100% recyclable.
  • Recycling batteries is free and helps keep unwanted items from entering our landfill sites. Each and every single item being diverted from our landfills helps further extend the life of our sites.

How do I properly recycle batteries?

  • Put used or unwanted, single-use dry cell batteries inside a clear resealable bag (Ziploc or similar). Please cover 9V battery terminals with masking tape and cover both sides of button batteries with tape.
  • Place the sealed bag on top or beside your paper recycling box on your regular collection day during the week of November 2 to November 5, 2020.
  • Do not place any loose batteries in your recycling box.
  • Acceptable batteries include: A, AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, button batteries, lantern batteries.
  • Unacceptable batteries include: rechargeable batteries (for example laptop and cellphone batteries), automotive batteries and industrial batteries. These type of batteries can be brought to the Household Hazardous Waste depots for disposal at the Lindsay Ops and Fenelon landfills.

Each year, the municipality conducts two designated collection weeks for curbside battery pick up, however you can recycle batteries anytime at many different locations across the municipality. Use this helpful online tool to search for nearby drop off locations by using your postal code.

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