Ontario Curbside Battery Collections Schedule
What is it?
In the spring and fall, Raw Materials Company teams up with Ontario municipalities to provide people with a convenient option to recycle used household batteries at the curbside.
How does it work?
First, battery recycling bags are sent to households by the municipality, either through the mail, inserted into a newspaper or left behind by the recycling driver.
Following the instructions on the bag, people are asked to round up all of their used batteries and place them inside the bag sealing it with the zip tab.
On your recycling day that falls during the collection week advertised by the municipality, you set your bag out with the recycling. It's that easy.
The collection container and setout instructions are unique to each municipality. Please refer to your municipal website below for specific setout instructions and collection dates.
This recycling option is not provided year round and is only offered in the communities listed below. Batteries should never be placed inside a recycling box loose or set to the curb outside of a designated collection period.
Preparing your Batteries for Recycling
Most of the batteries that we use everyday do not require any special preparation before we store or recycle them, however some do. To reduce any risk of short circuit, please take precautionary measures by placing masking tape on the terminal ends when storing or recycling the batteries mentioned in the link below. Pay particular attention to rechargeable batteries, lithium batteries and any 9-volt batteries.
Recycling Sealed Lead Acid Batteries
Please note that sealed lead acid batteries are regulated under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA) and are not to be included in the curbside collection. To find a local drop-off location, please check with your municipality.
Fall 2023 Curbside Collection
Any Ontario municipality who participates in this program is eligible to receive an incentive back to help cover the costs of promotion and logistics.
Get in touch with us today to find out how your community can participate in this convenient program!
How do I recycle batteries year round?
If you miss your collection date or live in an area where the service is not provided, you can always find your closest Ontario recycling point by typing your postal code or city name into this handy search tool. There are thousands of free recycling points across Ontario to recycle household batteries.
Lead Acid batteries like the type you would find in your car must be taken to a Municipal Hazardous & Special Waste Depot (MHSW) or returned to a participating retailer.
The collection, transportation and processing of primary and rechargeable consumer batteries in Ontario weighing less than 5kg is funded by battery producers.
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Lead-acid batteries are the oldest rechargeable batteries still in use today. In Canada, over 98% of all Lead-acid batteries are recovered for recycling.
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