2018 curbside battery collection program

Have dead batteries? You can put them out to the curb for collection! The City is offering free curbside collection of used alkaline batteries this October.

How to participate?

A specially designed bag will be distributed to residents in the Guelph Mercury Tribune newspaper on Thursday, October 2.

Put your used or unwanted alkaline batteries inside the battery bag, seal the bag and put it on the ground beside your blue cart. Remember to cover 9 volt battery terminals with tape.

Batteries will be collected on your blue cart collection day from October 15 to 26. Check the waste collection schedule to determine your blue cart collection day.

Batteries may be picked up at the curb any time during the collection day, including before or after the blue cart has been emptied.

Need a bag?

If you do not receive a battery bag, you can pick one up at these locations:

  • 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
  • Victoria Road Recreation Center, 151 Victoria Road North
  • All Guelph Fire stations

Acceptable batteries

The following batteries can be recycled in the battery bag:

  • 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 take them to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre, located at 110 Dunlop Drive, for free recycling.

Missed your collection date?

If you miss your collection date or do not participate in curbside collection, you can drop off batteries at the following locations year round, during regular office hours:

  • City Hall, 1 Carden Street
  • Household Hazardous Waste depot at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre, 110 Dunlop Drive
  • Guelph Fire Station Headquarters, 50 Wyndham Street South

What happens to the batteries after they are collected?

All batteries collected as part of this program will be transported to a processing facility. Batteries are then sorted by type and recycled to recover reusable materials including metal, carbon, manganese and other components. Battery recycling technology is capable of recycling and recovering up to 90 per cent of the components found in used household batteries.

Why is battery collection important?

Battery recycling prevents soil contamination and water pollution that can occur if batteries are disposed of improperly. Battery recycling also eliminates mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals from being released into the environment.

For more information

Solid Waste Resources