Canadians Are Going Green: Call2Recycle Canada Diverts Record Number Of Batteries in 2018

MORE THAN 2.7 MILLION KILOGRAMS OF USED BATTERIES DIVERTED FROM CANADIAN LANDFILLS IN 2018

Toronto, ON – January 23, 2019 – Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada’s national consumer battery collection and recycling program, reports that Canadians recycled more than 2.7-million kilograms of household batteries in 2018, an increase of 3 per cent over 2017 and a record for the organization.  

“Thanks to provincial regulations and partnerships with our collection network, including retailers and depots, Canadians are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of recycling batteries, resulting in record-high collections in 2018,” said Joe Zenobio, President of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “We are committed to further investing in consumer accessibility, education and awareness efforts across Canada to ensure we are growing the number of batteries diverted from Canadian landfills each year.”

Collections by the Numbers  

  • Canadian’s total battery collections weighed in at more than 2.7 million kilograms, with regulated provinces British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec leading the charge. 
    • Quebec residents collected the most, recycling almost 1.2 million kilograms of used batteries, a 15 per cent increase over 2017. 
    • BC residents recycled 634,000 kilograms of used batteries, an increase of 2 per cent from 2017 collections. 
    • Manitobans recycled 105,000 kilograms of used batteries, resulting in a significant annual increase of 15 per cent.
  • Single use battery collections were higher than rechargeable collections. This is because many rechargeable batteries are now embedded in products where the device is not designed for battery removal. 
    • Collections of single use batteries increased by 5.8 per cent from 2017 for a total of 2.1 million kilograms.
  • In 2018, Call2Recycle established over 1,000 new collection sites in the regulated provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. Call2Recycle is committed to proactively increasing the number of collection sites and collection opportunities across Canada ensuring that consumers – regardless of their location – are served with a variety of recycling options.

Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. has been administering its battery collection and recycling program in Canada for over 20 years and continues to ensure it provides easy and accessible recycling options. Today, more than 91 percent of Canadians live within 15 kilometers of one of Call2Recycle’s public drop-off locations located in retail, municipalities, businesses, schools/universities and government buildings. 

About Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. 

Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted 19 million kilograms of batteries from the solid waste stream and established more than 8,800 collection sites throughout Canada. A leader in its field, Call2Recycle was built upon a commitment to environmental sustainability and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for the safe recycling and management of batteries. Learn more at call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.

For more information, please contact:

Amanda Moss
Consultant, Proof Inc.
amoss@getproof.com    
416-969-2820

Fiona Bishop Johnston 
Director of Communications, Call2Recycle Canada 
fjohnston@call2recycle.ca
416-307-2854

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