Time’s A Changin’ and So Should Your Batteries
Daylight Saving Time is upon us folks! Not only do we try to “prep” by getting our young son ready for the time change, we also use this time to ensure we are testing and changing the batteries on a variety of items around the house such as our alarm system, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Take a look around your home, how many items do you depend on that use batteries? The most important items in our home are the detectors (which also have their own battery low detection system) but I also make sure to check our flashlights as well.
When was the last time you changed the batteries of the important items in your home and how do you dispose of them?
In the past we used to just throw old batteries in the garbage, until we were educated about how horrible that is for the environment, and unsafe! I am so glad there are numerous battery recycling locations in my city where we can easily drop off old batteries.
Find the location nearest to you here: https://www.call2recycle.ca/locator/
Call2Recycle, founded in 1997, is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries at no cost to consumers across Canada.
I don’t know about you but I want to do my part to keep these batteries out of local landfills, and hopefully they are reused to create new batteries and/or other products.
Call2Recycle’s 5 Tips for Safe and Easy Battery Recycling
- Safety first! Be sure to safely prep your batteries. There are two options: bag or tape. Option A: Bag each battery in its own clear plastic bag before placing it in a storage container. Option B: you can tape the terminals with clear packing, non-conductive electrical or duct tape, keeping label visible.
- Stay cool. Store the batteries in a cool, dry place. Incidents can occur when batteries are exposed to inclement or excessively hot weather. Store them in a plastic container; avoid metal.
- Possible damage? If you see a swollen or bulging battery, immediately put it in a non-flammable material, such as sand or kitty litter in a cool, dry place. DO NOT THROW AWAY. Contact Call2Recycle, the manufacturer or retailer immediately for instructions, especially if the label says it is Lithium or Lithium-Ion.
- Timing is everything. Aim to drop off batteries to recycle within six months, ensuring they are bagged or taped. You can use our locator to find the nearest drop-off site.
- Spread the word. As we all use batteries to power our world, share the knowledge about battery recycling. It’s the right thing to do and helps keep batteries out of landfills!
For more information, check out the Call2Recycle Facebook page, or follow Call2Recycle on Twitter.
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How do you ensure your family properly recycles batteries?
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I keep my used batteries in a Ziploc bag which is in a shoebox. Every couple of months I take the bag to the battery recycling depot at Red River College and dispose of them properly. I can’t believe I used to just toss them in the garbage! Thanks for the chance to win, my smoke detectors are needing to be replaced in 2020.
At my work there is a container for placing used batteries. I work in a public school. I am not sure where the batteries are taken after that as they mysteriously disappear.
We put used batteries in a coffee can and then bring them to Rona by my parents place when it’s convienient
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We’re very lucky, the city recycling depot is only 3 minutes from our house, and I also happen to work at the city recreation centre right next door to it – it’s located right beside my work parking lot. So any time we have old batteries I take them to work with me the next day and pop them into the designated battery recycling bin before heading in to work. If it’s a day I’m not working, we put the batteries in a small plastic container on our work station in our basement and I grab the container before my next shift.
Our city has a recycling program. And between city pick ups we get them to the nearest recycling center as well as light bulbs.
we have a container in the pantry where all dead batteries go into and when its full we take them to our local drop off where they dispose of the, we only use rechargeable batteries
Actually my city gave us a bag to collect the batteries and then information on where to dispose of them! Lowe’s is one place we can go!
We have a small box at home for things like batteries or light bulbs once they’re used up. Then we take them to the hardware store in our neighbourhood for recycling when we go for our evening walks.
We have a container in a hall closet and when we or kids change batteries we put the old ones in that.
When it is full we take it to a recycling center.
We have a container in the kitchen on the hutch where we put old batteries as we swap out.