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Putting battery waste in its place

Through its curbside battery collection program, Durham Region has officially diverted 160.5 metric tonnes (160,500 kilograms) of household batteries from the waste stream with the recent spring collection drive.

“With their ongoing participation in this program, Durham residents are keeping these batteries out of the waste stream. This allows us to recover metal components and keep mercury, cadmium and other harmful materials from entering the environment,” states Susan Siopis, the region’s commissioner of works in a news release.

Durham Region first launched curbside battery collection in 2012 as a pilot program. With an enthusiastic response from residents, the region set out to break the existing record for the most batteries collected in a 24-hour period. Durham shattered the existing record, collecting 5,120 kilograms of batteries and earning a Guinness World Record.

The program was made permanent in 2013, with curbside battery collection taking place twice a year, in the spring and fall. To find out when the next collection date is, residents are encouraged to visit durham.ca/battery, check their waste collection calendar or download the Durham Region Waste App.