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Sort It Right: Battery Recycling

The batteries we use every day may contain metals that can be harmful to the environment if not disposed properly. Battery recycling allows the materials to be turned into new batteries, stainless steel products, concrete, and much more. All waste products are responsibly and safely disposed according to international standards.

Recycling is easy—we collect dead batteries in collection boxes, which are picked up by Call2Recycle or other service providers. But there’s one more step: some battery types must be individually packaged (bagged or taped) before being put into the collection box. This prevents sparks and overheating that make dead batteries a fire hazard.

Which batteries require packaging?

These battery types must be individually bagged in a clear plastic bag or must have the positive (+) terminal covered with a non-conductive tape:

  • rechargeable batteries
    • lithium ion (Li-Ion)
    • small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb)
  • primary batteries
  • lithium
  • alkaline (over 12v)
  • button/coin cell

If in doubt about the type of battery, bag or tape it!

How to bag a battery?

Place one battery only into a clear plastic bag. Types of clear plastic bags include:

  • bags provided by Call2Recycle
  • produce bags
  • newspaper bags
  • Ziploc bags

How to tape a battery?

If no bags are available, tape the positive (+) terminal (the end with the bump) with a non-conductive tape. Take care to not cover the chemistry label. Types of non-conductive tape include:

  • clear packing tape
  • electrical tape
  • duct tape

Do not use masking tape, painter’s tape, or Scotch tape.

Call2Recycle no longer accepts cell phones. Visit recyclemycell.ca to find a cell phone drop-off location.

Questions about battery recycling at your site?

Contact Housekeeping to find out where the closest box is or to determine if it makes sense to have a box in your unit.

Any other questions about recycling at your site? 

Contact the Energy & Environmental Sustainability Team at: 






[photo caption: Batteries must be recycled in collection boxes on site.]