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Region set to collect used or unwanted batteries

Have dead batteries sitting around the house? The Region of Durham is offering a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of them.

During the week of Nov. 6, residents can set out their used or unwanted household batteries for recycling during their regular collection schedule.

Up to 92 per cent of battery components are recyclable and recoverable. The region’s  program aims to eliminate mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals from entering the environment by responsibly recycling batteries. Since 2012, Durham residents have diverted 160 metric tonnes (160,000 kilograms) of household batteries from the waste stream.

Residents received two orange labels in their 2017-2018 Waste Management Calendars. A printable version of the label can be found at durham.ca/battery. Residents should affix the label to a clear, sealable plastic bag containing unwanted batteries. The sealed bag should be placed on top of blue boxes on regular collection days, during the week of Nov. 6 only. Placing labelled bags on top of paper blue box materials helps collection operators clearly identify battery bags, and keep them separate from blue box materials.