2017 curbside battery collection

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

How to participate?

Image shoes various single-use batteries (AA, AAA, D, 9V, cell) with an orange recycling symbol in the background

The City will deliver a special bag for batteries to Guelph homes in the Guelph Mercury Tribune newspaper on Tuesday, November 7.

Place your used or unwanted single-use alkaline batteries inside the battery bag, seal the bag and put it on the ground beside your blue cart on the collection day specified on the bag. Please cover 9 volt battery terminals with tape.

The City will collect batteries on your blue cart collection day from November 13 to 24. Find out which day is your blue cart collection day in the City’s waste collection schedule.

Your batteries may be picked up at the curb any time during the collection day. This may happen before or after your blue cart has been emptied.

Need a bag?

If you don’t get 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
  • Guelph Fire Headquarters, 50 Wyndham Street South
  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre, 151 Victoria Road North

Acceptable batteries

You can recycle the following batteries in the battery bag:

  • Standard A, AA, AAA, C, and D batteries (both alkaline and “heavy duty”)
  • 6-volt batteries (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 NiCad, NiMH or lithium ion battery packs (typically used in laptop computers, cellular phones, power tools, etc.)

The following batteries are not accepted:

  • Wet cell batteries such as car batteries
  • Industrial batteries
  • Damaged or leaking batteries

If you have damaged, leaking or wet cell batteries, place the batteries in a leak-proof container and bring them to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot at the Waste Resource Innovation Centre (110 Dunlop Drive) for free recycling.

Missed your collection date?

If you miss your collection date or don’t have curbside waste collection, you can drop your batteries off for free at the following locations year round during regular office hours:

  • City Hall
  • Waste Resource Innovation Centre
  • Guelph Fire Headquarters

What do you do with the batteries after they’re collected?

Collected batteries are sent to a processing facility in Port Colborne, Ontario. Batteries are sorted by type and recycled to recover reusable materials including metal, carbon, manganese and other commodities. Battery recycling can recover up to 92 per cent of the battery materials for reuse.

In 2015, over 6,000 pounds of batteries were collected from Guelph homes and saved from going to landfills.

Why should I recycle my batteries?

Recycling your batteries helps prevent soil contamination and water pollution that can happen if batteries are disposed of improperly. Battery recycling also eliminates mercury, cadmium and other heavy metals from being released into the ground or water.

For more information

Solid Waste Resources