Two Canadian Retailers Achieve Battery Collection Milestones

Two of Canada’s leading retailers, London Drugs and Staples Canada, recently celebrated major milestones in their battery recycling programs in Canada.

London Drugs has diverted more than 300,000 kgs of batteries from the landfill since 2000. That’s the equivalent weight of 1.7 million hockey pucks. London Drugs collects an average of 50,000 kgs of batteries annually from its 78 stores. The company is the first Western Canada-based retailer in the Call2Recycle program to reach this recycling milestone. Read the press release.

Since 2007, Staples Canada’s 300+ stores have collected 674,000 kgs of batteries, which translates to shipments of almost 36,000 boxes. Collections included 564,000 kgs of single-use batteries and 110,000 kgs of rechargeable batteries to date.

“The long-term commitment of these retailers to responsible battery recycling is noteworthy,” said Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “By making battery recycling available in local communities, London Drugs and Staples ensure all Canadians have the opportunity to do their part to keep batteries out of our waste stream.”

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