Curbside battery collection starts September 30

The City is collecting single-use alkaline batteries at the curb from September 30 – October 11 on blue cart collection days for safe disposal and recycling.

To participate, residents are asked to:

  1. cover all 9-volt battery terminals with tape
  2. put used or unwanted single-use alkaline batteries in a clear sealable plastic bag
  3. leave the bag on the ground beside your cart on your blue cart collection day so that it is visible for collection staff

Please ensure the bag does not exceed the maximum weight of 2 kilograms (5 pounds).

Batteries that are accepted include:

  • Standard A, AA, AAA, C, and D batteries (both alkaline and heavy-duty)
  • 6-volt (often used in lanterns)
  • 9-volt batteries (often used in smoke alarms)
  • Button cells (typically used in watches, toys, electronics, greeting cards and calculators)
  • Rechargeable battery packs – nickel-cadmium, nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion (typically used in laptop computers, cellular phones and power tools)

The following batteries are not accepted:

  • Wet cell batteries (such as automotive batteries)
  • Industrial batteries
  • Damaged or leaking batteries

Residents with damaged, leaking or wet cell batteries should place the batteries in a leak-proof container and deliver them to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre, located at 110 Dunlop Drive, for free recycling.

Residents can also bring used batteries to:

  • City Hall, 1 Carden Street
  • Household Hazardous Waste Depot, 110 Dunlop Drive
  • Guelph Fire Station Headquarters, 50 Wyndham Street South

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.

This annual 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.


2019 curbside battery collection program

For more information

Heather Connell, Manager Business & Technical Services
Solid Waste Resources
519-822-1260 extension 2082
[email protected]