Ontario Charged up for Curbside Battery Collection This Fall

October 15, 2021

A million homes across Ontario will take part in a curbside collection to recycle batteries this fall. Image shows clearly marked bags of batteries setout beside recycling containers. This service is only offered in some communities.

Port Colborne, ON - A million homes across Ontario will take part in a curbside collection to recycle used household batteries this fall. The program was created to make battery recycling convenient, and to divert harmful chemicals and reusable materials from Ontario landfills.

Curbside battery recycling is only offered by some Ontario municipalities. Batteries must never be placed in the garbage or set out with recycling outside of a specific battery collection period. Recycling batteries prevents toxins from entering landfills, has a positive impact on the environment, prevents potential fires and contributes to a circular economy. Visit your municipal website to see if battery collection is offered in your community and to learn how to participate.

Ontario’s curbside battery recycling program is currently funded by Call2Recycle and its licensees. The program has captured 40 million household batteries since it began in 2012.

Once collected, the batteries are transported to Raw Materials Company, a recycling facility in Port Colborne, Ontario. After the batteries are thoroughly sorted by chemistry, the alkaline batteries are processed onsite using patented mechanical recycling technology.

The process was designed to recover steel, zinc, manganese, and potassium from alkaline batteries, to be reused in the manufacture of new products, contributing to the circular economy. New products like bicycles, pots and pans and golf clubs. To maximize reuse, the remaining battery types are sent on to processors that specialize in the recovery of those chemistries.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in batteries recycled at the curb during the pandemic,” said James Ewles, President of Raw Materials Company. “I encourage everyone that uses batteries, to recycle them at one of the many recycling points around the province or through one of the curbside collections if you’re living in a municipality that provides that service.”

If there is no curbside collection in your area, visit www.rawmaterials.com/page/locations/ or https://www.call2recycle.ca/locator/  to search for a free recycling point near you.

The Raw Materials Company recycling process was independently audited by CSA Group Guideline – CSA SPE-890-15. It achieved a recycling efficiency score of 84% and an overall diversion score of 87%.

About Raw Materials Company

Raw Materials Company is an industry leading battery-recycling company. Established in 1985, RMC employs more than 60 people in the community of Port Colborne, Ontario. Raw Materials Company is a registered battery hauler and processor with the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) under Ontario Regulation 30/20. The collection, transportation, and processing of primary and rechargeable consumer batteries in Ontario weighing less than 5kg is funded by battery producers.

About Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.

Call2Recycle® is the provincially-approved consumer battery collection and recycling program for British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island, and operates as a registered Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in Ontario according to the Ontario Batteries Regulation. Call2Recycle accepts household batteries (weighing up to 5 kg) for recycling and e-Mobility batteries used to power e-Bikes, e-Scooters, e-Hoverboards and e-Skateboards.

Since its inception in 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 30 million kilograms of batteries from Canadian landfills and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for safe battery recycling and management. Working on behalf of its stakeholders and with a network of more than 9000 participating collection locations across Canada, Call2Recycle Canada continues its pursuit of ensuring responsible battery recycling is accessible for all. Learn more at call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.

Raw Materials Company uses a mechanical process that separates all of the components of a primary battery so they can be properly recycled. The recovered materials are used to make new products saving our earth's finite resources and the energy needed to mine them from ore.

Find out more about our technology and how together we are turning waste into a valuable resource.