An estimated 3000 kg of batteries were collected during the March Curbside Waste battery collection event according to city representatives. This is equivalent to 12 large 45 gallon drums full of batteries.
As a result of this success the City is thanking all residents who participated in the March event saying the success of this new program was clear as the numbers surpassed the first successful collection held in September.
“This is excellent news to share as we celebrate Earth Week. Batteries contain heavy metals like mercury and cadmium. Collecting batteries ensures we keep these harmful materials out of our landfills and from being dispersed into the environment. Additionally, we are reducing the total volume going into our landfills.” Cheri Davidson said in a news release on Tuesday.
The next battery pickup event will be during the week of November 5-9 when the clocks change back for daylight savings time.
Used batteries (1.5 V, 6 V and 9V) can be dropped off at any Municipal Service Centre or at the Household Hazardous waste depots at the Lindsay Ops and Fenelon Landfills.
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