Battery Recycling Spring Challenge & Giveaway

National Battery Day is coming up on February 18! You can win a $100 Best Buy gift card here, by sharing your battery recycling story with me today.

One of the things I do as part of Spring cleaning is cleaning out bathroom cupboards and junk drawers, throwing out old products, half used lotions and dried out markers from the craft drawer too.

In my junk drawer were plenty of new and used batteries. I’ll be honest I had no idea what to do with the used ones, but my husband would not let me just throw them out so we set them aside.

It’s a good thing we did, did you know that used batteries can be recycled?

Call2Recycle is a not-for-profit organization that provides a battery recycling program to Canadians at no cost and collects and recycles all single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kg each and cellphones. These items can actually be recycled into new batteries, metal alloys and stainless steel products (like golf clubs). So save them from a landfill and help protect our natural resources by recycling your used batteries. It’s so easy to recycle batteries with plenty of locations across Canada.

We decided to use a small jar inside my office drawer for used batteries going forward, so we always know where they go! Then I can do the drop off at my nearest location every few months.

You can win a Gift Card here by sharing your recycling story, enter below!

Visit call2recycle.ca to find a location near you.

As you jump on board the battery recycling train, it’s important to make sure you are being safe and responsible while doing so.

5 TIPS FOR SAFE & EASY BATTERY RECYCLING

 

  1. Safety first! Be sure to safely prep your batteries. There are two options: bag or tape. Option A: Bag each battery in its own clear plastic bag before placing it in a storage container. Option B: you can tape the terminals with clear packing, non-conductive electrical or duct tape, keeping label visible.
  2. Stay cool. Store the batteries in a cool, dry place. Incidents can occur when batteries are exposed to inclement or excessively hot weather. Store them in a plastic container; avoid metal.
  3. Possible damage? If you see a swollen or bulging battery, immediately put it in a non-flammable material, such as sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place. DO NOT THROW AWAY. Contact Call2Recycle, the manufacturer or retailer immediately for instructions, especially if the label says it is Lithium or Lithium-Ion.
  4. Timing is everything. Aim to drop off batteries to recycle within six months, ensuring they are bagged or taped. You can use our locator to find the nearest drop-off site.
  5. Spread the word. As we all use batteries to power our world, share the knowledge about battery recycling. It’s the right thing to do and helps keep batteries out of landfills!

 

What’s accepted and what’s not?

Call2Recycle collects and recycles all single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kg each and cellphones.  Visit call2recycle.ca to find a location near you.

Call2Recycle does not accept:

  • Car batteries
    Wet cell Ni-Cd, Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries
    Visibly or known to be damaged batteries (leaking, cracked case)
    Cellphone chargers or accessories

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    Best Buy close to me takes batteries, and I took my car battery and paint to a larger facility that you drive up to to drop off which is a bit if a drive, but worth it!

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    I usually take mine to Staples, they recycle a lot of things and it’s super convenient! Using call2recycle.ca is great because now I know about all the other locations that accept batteries for recycling!

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    My daughter is an earth ranger and is very good at not only collecting all our used batteries but also those of the neighbors so that we can return them to our recycling centre!

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    We bring our batteries to London drugs to recycle. They have an awesome recycling program for batteries, lightbulbs, small appliances and lots more.

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    We store away old batteries in a glass jar until we have time to recycle them. Always worried the toddler would get a hold of leaking batteries!

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    Near our front door we have a little “recycle” station for mail, flyers, plastic bag & battery returns… there’s a plastic battery storage container that we have in a drawer with new batteries so if you want new ones you have to put the old ones there and then weekly we check the station and bring back whatevers there… we don’t go through a lot of batteries and we’ve tried to transfer all of the remotes to rechargables but it’s still important to recyle even one vs throwing it out. And there’s so many amazing things they make with recycled batteries!

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    Our town has a hazardous waste collection two times a year. I check and change batteries in the fall, so I make sure I don’t miss the collection.

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    We also recycle batteries during Spring cleaning at our local facility but I love Call2Recycle, which will let me know everywhere that will accept them! Your tips are great too! 🙂

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    We have a container by the back door that we drop dead batteries in. Whenever I know I am heading to London Drugs I’ll empty it and drop them at their recycling area.

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    We store our in a container , I have to drive to the city about 20 minutes from us to drop them off , its the closest place for us , but its ok , we go in anyhow

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    We have a collection box for batteries in our basement and when it is full we take it to my parents condo where it becomes part of a mass collection that is taken to the local hazardous waste facility!

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    We store our used batteries in a box and when we have about 20-30 we usually take them to staples in our nearby town to recycle them

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    My daughter’s school does a huge collection week of student’s bringing in dead batteries & they take them to be recycled. We have given a ton of batteries to them!

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    We put our used batteries in a small plastic container in our garage and then take them to our local recycling depot. I work on the same property as the recycling depot, so I drop by whenever we have batteries, styrofoam, plastic bags or large pieces of cardboard to recycle (those items are not picked up by our recycling program).

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    We do our best, I take the batteries to the local convenience store everytime we have some that are dead, they have a box just inside the door

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    I’m lucky – we have a box in our file room at work so I store mine up in a ziploc and every few months take them to work to properly dispose of!

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