Household Battery Recycling
Although household batteries comprise only 1% of total waste sent to our municipal landfills, they are responsible for between 50%-70% of all heavy metals found in landfills (mercury, cadmium, lead).
The effects of improper battery disposal are severe. For example 1mg of mercury is enough to make all fish in a 20 acre lake inedible for a year. For comparision - an average button cell alkaline battery contains almost 11mg of mercury.
Despite awareness of the negative environmental effects of sending batteries to the landfill, only 37% of Canadians properly dispose of their batteries.
Municipalities have established battery collection depots for household batteries at the following locations:
- Arran-Elderslie - Arran & Chesley landfill sites
- Brockton - Municipal Office & MTO Yard
- Huron-Kinloss - Huron landfill site, Lucknow Works Shed & Ripley-Huron Works Shed
- Kincardine - Kincardine waste management centre, Municipal Office, Ward 3 landfill site
- Northern Bruce Peninsula - Municipal office, Eastnor, Lindsay & St.Edmund's landfill sites
- Saugeen Shores - Municipal office, Southampton landfill site, Port Elgin & Southampton Library
- South Bruce - Municipal office, Teeswater & Mildmay landfill sites
- South Bruce Peninsula - Town Hall, Amabel landfill site, Sauble Beach Community Centre, Bruce County Tourism Office / Wiarton Library
Acceptable batteries include:
- Single - use batteries (AAAs, AAs, 9-volts, D's & C's)
- Lithium batteries
- Button cell batteries