Ontario Curbside Battery Collections Schedule

Will you be recycling your dead batteries at the curb this spring? See the list of Ontario communities scheduled for Fall 2023 below!

What is it?

In the spring and fall, Environmental 360 Solutions (E360S) teams up with Ontario municipalities to provide people with a convenient option to recycle used household batteries at the curbside.

How does it work?

Picture of a battery recycling bag that was mailed to a person's home so that they could participate in a free program to recycle household batteries at the curb during special collection periods.

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.

A person is pointing to the instructions on a battery recycling bag that explain how to participate in three steps. Step 1, round up your used household batteries. Step 2, place your household batteries inside the plastic bag securing it with the zip tab. Make sure you tape the positive terminals on rechargeable batteries, as well as any lithium batteires. Step 3, place the recycle bag containing the batteries at the curb with your regular recycling during a week advertised by the municipality.

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.

Depending on where are person lives, there may be different setout instructions. This picture shows options for setting out recycling bags along with green carts, blue carts and blue recycling boxes.

 

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 instructions are unique to each municipality. Please refer to your municipal website below for specific instructions and collection dates. 

Considerations

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. 


Fall 2023

 

Quinte Region

The Quinte Region is comprised of 9 municipalities in Centre and South Hastings County and Prince Edward County which includes the municipalities of Quinte West, Belleville, Picton, Frankford, Stirling-Rawdon, Marmora, Madoc, Tweed and Tyendinaga Township.

The curbside battery collection for Quinte Region is scheduled to run from  November 6 - 10, 2023.

Please visit the Quinte Waste Solutions website for more information.

 

 

City of Kawartha Lakes

The curbside battery collection for the City of Kawartha Lakes is scheduled to run from November 13 -17, 2023.

Please visit the City of Kawartha Lakes website for more information.

 

 

City of Kingston

The curbside battery collection for the City of Kingston is scheduled to run from November 6 - 10, 2023.

Please visit the City of Kingston website for more information.

 

 

Dufferin County

There are eight municipalities that make up Dufferin County including the Townships of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Melancthon, Mulmur and the Towns of Grand Valley, Mono, Orangeville, and Shelburne.

The next curbside battery collection for Dufferin County is scheduled to run from November 6 - 9, 2023. 

Please visit the Dufferin County website for more information.

 

 

City of Orillia

The City of Orillia will be providing a curbside collection for used batteries from November 6 - 10, 2023

Please visit the City of Orillia website for more information. 

 

 

Town of the Blue Mountains

The Town of the Blue Mountains is providing its third curbside battery collection to 6,000 households. The Blue Mountains is providing its collection the entire month of September, 2023. 

Please visit the Town of The Blue Mountains website for more information.

 

 

 


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. 

Learn how to prepare your batteries for recycling.

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.


Spring 2024 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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