Batteries dead? Recycle them instead.
That’s the message from Quinte Waste Solutions heading into next week as they kick off their annual battery collection initiative from April 10 to 21.
Spokesman Dan Orr said this year Quinte Waste Solutions won’t be mailing out the orange battery bags to customers. Residents are encouraged to use their own ziploc-style bags for dead batteries and then set them on top of their recycling bins so collectors can put them in their designated spot on the truck.
Orr said the program is very popular with Quinte residents. This will be the 8th battery drive that Quinte has done since 2013 and residents have recycled over 60,000 pounds of dead batteries since the program started.
At the back of the 2017 Hazardous Waste schedule that was mailed out in late March, there are labels you can cut out, and place on the inside of your bag of batteries. These labels will help your driver easily see the bag, and put it in the appropriate place in the truck.
Step 1: Gather up all dead household batteries including AA, AAA, C, D, 9V*, 6V*, and button cell batteries*
Step 2: Put batteries in your own ziplock-style bag, insert the tag, seal the zipper, and place on top of your blue box on your regular collection day between April 10th-21st ONLY.
*Place a small piece of masking tape on exposed terminals of 9v, 6v, and button cells.
If you still have a battery bag from previous collection events, you can continue to use those. There are also a number of old battery bags at the recycling plant in Trenton that are free for residents to pick up.
The curbside battery bag program is open only to households that use blue boxes. Apartment buildings, businesses, and institutions that would like to be a collection site, can contact Quinte Waste Solutions for more details or visit the website by clicking here.