South Frontenac Township’s battery recycling program earns Leader in Sustainability Award

Residents can recycle batteries and electronics at South Frontenac Township’s Household Hazardous Waste depot. Photo via South Frontenac Township.

South Frontenac Township has been named a 2023 Leader in Sustainability by Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. The Leader in Sustainability Award is granted each year to organizations that display exceptional commitment to the environment and responsible battery management.

According to a release from the Township, with the help of South Frontenac residents, 2,310 kilograms of batteries were collected in South Frontenac and diverted from landfills in 2023, making it one of the program’s top-performing partners. The program reportedly increased collections by 32 per cent in 2023 in Canada, diverting almost six million kilograms of batteries from landfills. 

“These are outstanding results,” said Kyle Bolton, Director of Public Services for the Township of South Frontenac. “Batteries that are disposed of in landfills can leak toxic materials, contaminate the environment, and affect wildlife. I’d like to thank the residents of South Frontenac for caring enough to do the right thing and recycling their batteries safely.”

The Township’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot is located at 2491 Keeley Road and is open from 3 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday in the winter months, and weekly on Thursdays from 3 to 8 p.m. the rest of the year. Township residents can bring single-use and rechargeable dry-cell household batteries weighing up to 5 kg each to the depot for recycling.

According to the release, in 2022, the Township launched the South Frontenac Recycles app to help make it easier for residents to remember collection days and to encourage recycling and the diversion of waste from landfills. The app features a handy “Waste Wizard” that allows people to look up what items can be recycled. Batteries were a common search item in the app, the Township shared.   

“Each year, Canadians recycle more and more of their used batteries thanks to the ongoing partnership of organizations like South Frontenac Township who are setting high standards for waste diversion and environmental excellence,” said Joe Zenobio, President of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.

The Township noted that Call2Recycle is Canada’s leading organization for battery collection and recycling, fulfilling product stewardship obligations on behalf of over 400 members, including producers of single-use and rechargeable batteries. Since its inception in 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 45 million kilograms of batteries from Canadian landfills.

For more information on the Township’s recycling program and what materials can be accepted at its Household Hazardous Waste depot, visit southfrontenac.net/recycling.

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