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, 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.
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.
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.
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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