Canada-wide Spring Cleaning Campaign: Announcing the Winners!

BatteryRecyclingBoxFlowersCall2Recycle’s Spring Cleaning Campaign ran from March to May 2016, offering consumers across Canada a chance to win prizes for sharing their recycling stories while doing their annual Spring Cleaning. Call2Recycle also joined efforts with Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids  to run a parallel Battery Busters Spring Cleaning Contest, which resulted in 30,439 kg of  batteries collected for recycling.

Almost 500 consumers across Canada sent in their recycling stories and battery recycling photos and the results have been declared. You can see a preview of the winners’ submissions below.

Alberta Winner:

Aliya Daya – Recycled at The Home Depot

I used to work at this Rona year ago, so was well aware of their battery recycling program and offer. My family and I collect all our used batteries for a few months and when we have a bunch, I always drive down to drop them off in the marked box located near their Customer Service desk. Not only am I doing something great for the environment, but I also get to quickly visit with old friends.

British Columbia Winners:

Glen Warkentin – Recycled at Canadian Forest Products  

As the Environmental Coordinator for our sawmill, I was determined to find a more responsible solution to our battery disposal.  I regularly saw batteries ending up in the garbage as our employees had no other options… until I discovered Call2Recycle!  After a quick phone call, our battery boxes showed up in the mail and a few days later we had mailed back our first box!  The ongoing challenge now is to educate and motivate our employees to take the extra effort to bring them up to the recycle box rather than continue with their old habits of throwing in the garbage.  Thanks Call2Recycle for giving us a better option and making it easy!

Ma Willard – Recycled at Westbrook Place

Batteries.  I was always told that they were harmful to the environment, leaching various metals into the environment – zinc, copper, cadmium, nickel, mercury and lead (from car batteries).  Still, there were very few places to recycle them.  In Sweden, there are receptacles that look like bollards where you can dump your old batteries for recycling into.  Here, not that many places.

For years, I used to collect up the batteries at home and at my parent’s home…and drop them off at the battery recycling at my workplace.  Three pails were laid out for alkalines, rechargable NiCd and a spot for the lead acid batteries.  Another pail was added later for lithium and NiMH batteries.  I know one of my coworkers kind of frowned on my practice of bringing in batteries from home – apparently cost the company money to recycle/dispose of them – but it was better than throwing them out in the trash.  At least they would be disposed of properly, I told her.

Recently, more and more places accept them for recycling and that makes me abundantly happy.  I went to the newly opened recycling depot at Westbrook Place and happily dropped off old electronics.  I dropped my old 80 pound tube TV on my foot for my efforts…sigh.  I dropped off batteries and then found out they take aluminized plastic…so I’ve been collecting that at home too, for recycling!  It’s not just glass, paper, compost and metals anymore.

Manitoba Winner:

William Deaffie – Recycled at Cornish Library  

It is very important to make sure that these products do not make it to our landfills! I have known this for a long time but never knew where to recycle them. I went to the library to use the computers one day and noticed one of the collection boxes! Great to have this resource in such a public place. Would hope that all libraries do the same.

New Brunswick Winner:

Debbie Beam – Recycled at Best Metals

I took my old and used batteries here and am happy to know they will be recycled properly.

Nova Scotia Winner:

Clare Barter – Recycled at Enviro Centre, Sackville

I was impressed I was able to take my (batteries and) bottles in too (for Refund) which definitely made the trip worthwhile.  I had checked online beforehand and found a location minutes away from work so it was no stress to go there on lunch at all.  All in all, very impressed with how easy it was.

Ontario Winners:

Mary Friedt – Recycled at Staples

I am a die-hard environmentalist and I do everything in my power to ensure that I dispose of any garbage or household waste in the proper fashion. I strongly believe that if every person made that same extra effort that I do, our planet would be in a much better state than it’s in now. I keep a small paper bag in my home office that I put all of my old batteries, pens, electronics, etc in and then take them to Staples where they dispose of them correctly. My employer does not recycle (which I think it pretty awful, especially in this day and age) because it is too expensive (!), so I have organized a recycling program at work wherein one other co-worker and I take home all of the our office recycling on a biweekly basis and put it out with our own curb side pickup at home. I try and steer clear of buying products that come with excessive and/or unnecessary packaging, I bring my own reusable water bottle with me wherever I go and drink water straight out of the tap (imagine that!), I drive a fuel efficient, subcompact car amidst a sea of gas guzzling SUV’s, and the part that I love the most is my organic vegetable and herb garden that I’ve planted in large raised beds in my backyard.

Sandy Guera  – Recycled at Canadian Tire

I have been collecting used batteries in a tin can and that filled so i just started putting them in a bag; I had thought I a not throwing them in regular trash. Imagine the damage to the earth. So over a year had them stored under the kitchen sink still not know how or wear to get rid of them in a safe manor. So one day walking into Canadian Tire to shop i spotted a bin; and said recycle batteries! So I thought wow answer finally . So went home and got all those used batteries and put them in that bin! Love Canadian tire found out they take used pc and printers! And dropped off old printer later!

Prince Edward island Winner

Tina Mcinnis – Recycled at Sobey’s

To start recycling batteries, I have a container, set aside at work, as well a bag, at home. Have two children now 14, and 10 batteries add up quickly to go through in TOYS. The most popular is the WII REMOTES.  The time we usually do a drop off is in the Spring and Fall, to go with CHANGING batteries in the smoke detectors, as well clock setting time change.  A TV commercial on how a battery company is making so much use for recycled battery to give use again, inspired us to make sure we look for this on the packaging. And I make sure both children understand WHY, we need to recycle the batteries In the proper container, so they DO, get recharged from the company to use again to customers.

Quebec Winners

Chantal Marcotte – Recycled at Jean Coutu 

J’ai une boîte remplie de batteries de toutes sortes. Dernièrement j’ai acheté un tester de batteries et j’ai fais le ménage de ma boite a batteries. J’ai enlevé celles qui n’étaient plus bonnes et je les ai apporté au Jean Coutu de Farnham.

Catherine Benoit  – Recycled at Services travaux publics de La Prairie   

Bonjour, j’ai quatre jeunes enfants et des piles, nous en consommons beaucoup.

Depuis mon déménagement à La Praire, il y a cinq ans, j’accumulais les vielles piles en espérant trouver une place pour les récupérer.  Et bien, j’y suis allée ce matin avec mes deux plus jeunes bébés, j’ai dû laisser les piles à côté de la boîte prévue à cet effet puisque j’en avais trop.


The non-profit organization that operates the Call2Recycle® program is officially changed from Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation Canada (RBRCC) to Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.