Did You Know?
- Household batteries, depending on the type, contain mercury, lead, cadmium, lithium and other heavy metals, as well as highly corrosive acids. These substances are very harmful to the environment.
- When recycled, primary components of batteries can be used to create new products – stainless steel products and new rechargeable batteries. Old cell phones are repaired and resold, some are sent for recycling.
- Battery recycling allows saving of raw materials. Recovery of 100 tonnes of batteries makes it possible to save 39 tonnes of ferromanganese (alloy used in smelting plants), 20 tonnes of zinc, 2 tonnes of slag and over 150 kg of mercury (Source: notre-planète.info).
That is why it is very important to recycle used batteries and old cell phones by bringing them to the locations provided and avoid throwing them in the garbage.
But Before Recycling, It Is Important to REDUCE!
Nowadays, many devices use batteries. If alkaline batteries (non rechargeable) are used, the number of batteries one will have to buy will rapidly become enormous!
The best solution is, admittedly, the use of rechargeable batteries. Did you know that rechargeable batteries can be charged hundreds of times, which is a better choice than alkaline batteries as much for our wallets as for the environment?
In the fall of 2005, the alkaline and rechargeable battery recovery program was implemented. People can now dispose of used batteries and old cell phones by bringing them to one of the participating businesses and depositing them in the container provided (green bin).
The Solid Waste Service is responsible for the regular collection of the battery bins. The batteries are brought to the Montagne-de-la-Croix site, sorted and sent to specialized facilities for recycling.
This service is offered free of charge and the costs related to the disposal of batteries are covered by the NWRSC Solid Waste Service. Please note that this program is intended for North West New Brunswick households only.
If you have any questions on used batteries and cell phones recycling, please call us at (506) 263-3470 or 1-800-561-0456.
What to Do With Used Batteries and Old Cell Phones?
The first step would be to place them in a child-proof container. When container is full, you have 2 options:
- You can store them safely in your home until the next household hazardous waste (HHW) collection in your region. See the Hazardous Waste section of this Web site.
- On your next outing, pass by one of the battery bin locations listed below and drop off your used batteries in the green bin provided.
What Batteries are Accepted in the Green Bin?
Here are a few examples of the batteries (rechargeable and alkaline) that can be recovered through this program:
Here is the green bin used for the recovery of batteries and cell phones in the North West region.
Where to Bring Used Batteries and Cell Phones?
Épicerie le Roi du Boeuf (Grocery Store)
Familiprix – Eric Lee Pharmacy
Guay Entreprises Ltd
Audiotek (464 Victoria St)
Café Lotus Bleu
Carrefour Assomption (Shopping Mall – near elevator first floor)
Cell Tab Repair (56 de l’Église St)
Gilles Cormier Électrique (Industrial Park La République)
Jean C. Dupont (260 Canada St)
Épicerie Chez Ti-Marc (Grocery Store)
Toner Home Hardware
Maurice Thibodeau Redemption Center
Francine’s Quick Mart
Familiprix – Roy Pharmacy
Atelier des Copains (Recycling Center)
RONA – D.E. Landry & Fils Ltd
One Stop Redemption Centre (11467, Route 144)
Quincaillerie Ray Hardware
Gaétan Bossé Redemption Center
La Source (J.A. Electronic) – Place Restigouche
RONA Matériaux Parent
Shoppers Drug Mart
Hansen’s Meat Shop
And What Next?
After the batteries have been picked up and sorted, they are sent to a recycling facility. In this facility, they will be transformed into stainless steel products or into new batteries. The toxic wastes (mercury, cadmium, etc.) contained in the batteries will be used to make new ones. The plastic film covering the recycled batteries can serve in the making of cell phones.
As for old cell phones, they will be refurbished and resold or otherwise sent directly to a recycling facility.
At the Solid Waste Service, battery recycling is done through the Call2recycle Program, a non-profit corporation that operates the battery and cell phone collection and recovery program throughout Canada and the United States.
Click here for the complete details on the Call2recycle Program.