The County of Simcoe is collecting used disposable batteries next week as part of the regular curb side collection. They mailed out battery collection bags a few weeks ago, and all we have to do is fill them with dead batteries and put them out at the side of the road. I love when they make it easy for people to do the right thing.
Battery Collection Bag
The waste management program in Simcoe County is already really good at diverting materials out of the landfill, as there are lots of items that can be dropped off at the local dump for free. Last year we did a big clean out of our garage and dropped off a few carloads of old paint cans, half full cans of various chemicals, car batteries, and scrap metal, all for free. It makes me feel good that I can help the environment and still get rid of the things I need to dispose of.

So I have happily filled my battery bag and I'm glad this new program is here to keep these items out of the landfill.
Batteries ready for pick up
Posted by Jen B On Wednesday, October 29, 2014 6 comments

6 comments:

  1. There are hazardous waste programs set up here from time to time, and the public libraries have a disposal system for batteries, which certainly helps.

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  2. What a great idea! This will stop people from tossing them in the garbage. Sometimes making it easy is the only way to get people to do the right thing.

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    1. That's true. This was pretty easy too - just put them in a bag out with the regular pick up.

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  3. What happens to batteries that end up in landfills?

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    1. I couldn't find a great source of what happens to them in landfills, but this e-how article sums up what I think the problem is: Batteries in Landfills

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