Household battery collection pilot launches in Kawartha Lakes (Feb. 2016)

downloadJoining more than 50 municipalities across the Province, Kawartha Lakes will launch a curbside household battery collection pilot program this September.

“This is great news for our residents, our community and our environment,” said Manager of Environmental Services, David Kerr. “Batteries contain heavy metals like mercury and cadmium, and anything we can do to help keep these metals out of our landfills and from being dispersed into the environment is a good thing.”

City officials are estimating the initial curbside pick-up could result in as much as 8,000 .lbs of batteries being collected.

Later this spring and summer, residents across the municipality will be receiving a clear, specially-marked bag to place their old batteries into and leave them with their curbside paper recycling for pickup during a special collection day in September.

The batteries that will be accepted include:

  • Standard A, AA, AAA, C, D batteries (both alkaline and “heavy duty”)
  • 6-volt (often used in lantern batteries)
  • 9-volt batteries (often used in smoke alarms)
  • Button cells (typically used in watches, toys, electronics, greeting cards, calculators)
  • Rechargeable battery packs – NiCad, NiMH, or Lithium Ion (typically used in laptop computers, cellular phones, power tools, etc.)

“There is no limit to how many batteries residents can put out, so we are strongly encouraging everyone to store any used household batteries they have between now and September, so that they may be included in the free pick-up,” said Heather Dzurko, Waste Management Operations Supervisor.

“The more we can keep out of our landfills, the more capacity we create and the better for the environment,” added Mr. Kerr. “With the community’s support we know this will be a great initiative.”

If the pilot proves successful, the City will look at expanding the program to two curb side collection dates (spring and fall) in subsequent years.

More details about the program will be announced as the September date is confirmed for the collection.

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