Batteries Dead? Recycle Instead! Fall 2019

September 17, 2019

Will you be recycling your dead batteries at the curb this fall? See the list of Ontario communities scheduled for Fall 2019 below!

What is it?

Twice a year, Raw Materials Company in partnership with Orange Drop teams up with many Ontario communities to provide people with a convenient option to recycle used household batteries at the curbside.

How does it work?

A picture of an Ontario resident receiving a battery recycling bag in the mail prior to the bi-annual curbside collection.

First, battery recycling bags are sent to households by the municipality, either through the mail, inserted into a newspaper or left behind by the recycling driver.

A picture of a resident reviewing the instructions on a battery recycling bag before rounding up their used batteries for a special curbside collection.

Following the instructions on the bag, people are asked to round up all of their used, single-use batteries and place them inside the bag sealing it with the zip tab.

A picture showing various setout methods for battery recycling bags in Ontario.

On your recycling day that falls during the collection week advertised by the municipality, you set your bag out with the recycling. It's that easy.

The collection container and setout instructions are unique to each municipality. Please refer to your municipal website below for specific setout instructions and collection dates. 


This recycling option is not provided year round and is only offered in the communities listed below. Batteries should never be placed inside a recycling box loose or set to the curb outside of a designated collection period. 

Fall 2019


Town of The Blue Mountains        


The Blue Mountains is providing its third curbside battery collection to 6,000 households. The Blue Mountains is providing its collection the entire month of September, 2019

Please visit the Town of The Blue Mountains website for more information.


City of Guelph       

The City of Guelph is providing its third curbside battery collection. The collection is scheduled to run from September 30 - October 11, 2019.

Please visit the City of Guelph website for more information.


Region of Peel                        

The Regional Municipality of Peel includes the City of Brampton, City of Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. 

The curbside battery collection for the Region of Peel is scheduled to run from October 21 - November 1, 2019.

Please visit the Region of Peel website for more information.


Dufferin County                   

There are eight municipalities that make up Dufferin County including the Townships of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Melancthon, Mulmur and the Towns of Grand Valley, Mono, Orangeville, and Shelburne.

The curbside battery collection for Dufferin County is scheduled to run from November 4 - 7, 2019. 

Please visit the Dufferin County website for more information.


City of Kawartha Lakes                     

The curbside battery collection for the City of Kawartha Lakes is scheduled to run from November 4 - 7, 2019.

Please visit the City of Kawartha Lakes website for more information.


City of Peterborough                 

The next curbside battery collection for the City of Peterborough will run from November 4 - 8, 2019.

Please visit the City of Peterborough website for more information.


The Regional Municipality of Durham                        

Durham Region includes more than 190,000 homes serviced by curbside recycling throughout the Cities of Oshawa and Pickering, the Towns of Ajax and Whitby, the Municipality of Clarington and the Townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge.

The curbside battery collection for Durham Region is scheduled to run from November 4 - 8, 2019. 

Please visit the Region of Durham website for more information.

City of Barrie               

The City of Barrie is providing its third curbside battery collection to 42,000 households. The collection is scheduled to run from November 4 - 8, 2019

Please visit the City of Barrie website for more information.


County of Simcoe                

The County of Simcoe is comprised of 16 member municipalities including Adjala-Tosorontio, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Clearview, Collingwood, Essa, Innisfil, Midland, New Tecumseth, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene, Ramara, Severn, Springwater, Tay, Tiny and Wasaga Beach.

The next curbside battery collection for Simcoe County is scheduled to run from November 4 - 8, 2019. 

Please visit the County of Simcoe website for more information.


City of Orillia             

The City of Orillia will be providing a curbside collection for used batteries from November 4 - 8, 2019

Please visit the City of Orillia website for more information. 



City of Kingston                

This will be the second curbside battery collection for the City of Kingston. The collection is scheduled to run from November 4 - 8, 2019.

Please visit the City of Kingston website for more information.


Quinte Waste Solutions             

There are nine municipalities serviced by Quinte Waste Solutions including the Cities of Belleville and Quinte West, Prince Edward County, Centre Hastings, the Villages of Tweed and Madoc, the Municipality of Marmora and Lake and the Townships of Stirling-Rawdon and Tyendinaga.

The curbside battery collection for Quinte and area is scheduled to run November 4 - 15, 2019

Please visit the Quinte Waste Solutions website for more information. 



Preparing your Batteries for Recycling

Most alkaline batteries that we use everyday do not require any special preparation before we store or recycle them, however some do.  To reduce any risk of short circuit, please take precautionary measures by placing masking tape on the terminal ends when storing or recycling the batteries mentioned in the link below. Pay particular attention to all lithium batteries and any 9-volt batteries. 

Learn how to prepare your batteries for recycling.

Recycling Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

Please note that sealed lead acid batteries are regulated under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA) and are not to be included in the curbside collection. To find a local drop-off location, please check with your municipality or visit 

Spring 2020 Curbside Collection 

Any Ontario municipality who participates in this program is eligible to receive an incentive back to help cover the costs of promotion and logistics.

Get in touch with us today to find out how your community can participate in this convenient program!


How do I recycle batteries year round?

If you miss your collection date or live in an area where the service is not provided, you can always find your closest Ontario recycling point by typing your postal code or city name into this handy search tool. There are over 4000 recycling points in Ontario for single-use batteries. 

Lead Acid batteries like the type you would find in your car must be taken to a Municipal Hazardous & Special Waste Depot (MHSW) or returned to a participating retailer. To access a list of Ontario’s MHSW drop off points, please visit

Stewardship Ontario 

This program is made possible through the Stewardship Ontario Curbside Battery Recovery Incentive program.

Stewardship Ontario is the Industry Funded Organization that works with the battery manufacturers as well as other product stewards in the Province of Ontario.

Orange Drop is Stewardship Ontario’s public facing program that provides Ontario residents with a free, safe and easy way to dispose of products that require special handling.

For more information on the Orange Drop program and a list of other convenient recycling points for other hard to manage wastes, please visit

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