A Canadian battery recycling organization has collected and recycled more than 2 million kilograms (4.4 million pounds) of batteries in the country.
The Toronto-based Call2Reycle Canada Inc., the nation’s consumer battery recycling program, said that Canadians have recycled more batteries in the first 10 months of 2014 than in all of 2013, according to a news release.
Call2Recycle Canada is the approved battery stewardship program in Quebec, Manitoba and British Columbia, and all three of those provinces increased their battery collections significantly to achieve the milestone, the group said. Each has exceeded their total 2013 collections by November of this year.
Quebec has collected more than 950,000 kilograms (2.09 million pounds) through its more than 2,000 collection sites; British Columbia more than 420,000 kilograms (924,000 pounds) from more than 1,600 collection sites; and Manitoba nearly 60,000 kilograms (132,000 pounds) through more than 400 collection sites.
“Thanks to the efforts of Canadians who have committed to do the right thing with their batteries, we all share in celebrating this exciting milestone,” said Joe Zenobio, Call2Recycle Canada executive director. “Working together with our collection partners and the public, we are confident we can continue to advance battery recycling efforts across Canada.”
Call2Recycle drop-off locations accept both rechargeable and primary batteries. The group is funded by battery manufacturers.