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!
I’ve partnered up with Call2Recycle to giveaway a $100 Best Buy gift card to one of my followers to assist them in purchasing new batteries for their household items! (Terms & Conditions listed at the bottom of the post)
To enter, answer the following question in the comment section below:
How do you ensure your family properly recycles batteries?
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