Curbside battery collection starts November 14

Guelph, Ont., November 3, 2015 – The City is collecting single-use alkaline batteries at the curb, November 14 to 25, for safe disposal and recycling.

“We piloted a curbside battery collection and recycling program last fall that diverted over 6,000 pounds of batteries from the landfill,” explains Heather Connell, manager of integrated services at Solid Waste Resources. “Given the success of the 2015 battery collection program, we’re running it again this fall.”

A battery collection bag will be distributed to residents in the Guelph Mercury Tribune newspaper on Thursday, November 10.

Battery collection will take place on blue cart collection days from November 14 to 25.

To participate, residents are asked to:

  1. cover all 9-volt battery terminals with tape
  2. put used or unwanted single-use alkaline batteries (e.g. AA, AAA, D and 9V) in the battery bag and seal it
  3. leave the bag on the ground beside the blue cart

Residents who do not receive a battery collection bag can pick one up at:

  • City Hall, 1 Carden Street
  • West End Recreation Centre, 21 Imperial Road South
  • Evergreen Community Seniors Centre, 683 Woolwich Street
  • Waste Resource Innovation Centre, 110 Dunlop Drive
  • Guelph Fire Headquarters, 50 Wyndham Street South

Residents can also bring used batteries to City Hall, Guelph Fire Headquarters or the Waste Resource Innovation Centre for recycling throughout the year, during regular office hours.

Battery recycling prevents soil and water pollution that can occur if batteries are disposed of improperly and recovers over 90 per cent of a household battery’s components, including metal, carbon and manganese.

Based on a review of the 2015 pilot, the collection process was refined to bring the service in-house and use partner funding to cover the full cost of the program. The City will receive $0.50 per pound of batteries collected from Stewardship Ontario through the Curbside Battery Recovery Incentive.

This program is a recommendation from the City’s Solid Waste Management Master Plan, and supports the City’s efforts to meet its waste diversion target of 70 per cent by 2021.

For more information

Heather Connell, Manager, Integrated Services
Solid Waste Resources, Environmental Services
519-822-1260 extension 2082