General

What is Call2Recycle®?

Call2Recycle® is the only free household battery collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle® has diverted over 45 million kilograms of batteries of used household batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 drop-off locations.

Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle® is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of household batteries. Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a non-profit organization.

How does the program work?

As our world goes wireless, retailers, corporate offices, communities and public agencies are becoming increasingly aware of the need to recycle batteries that power the items used in day-to-day operations and life. 30,000 businesses and organizations across Canada and the U.S. understand the need to recycle batteries, and have enrolled in our program to serve as collection sites.

Consumers can collect household batteries that are no longer being used, then visit call2recycle.ca or call 1-866-794-7272 to find a nearby public drop-off location that accepts them free of charge. The collection site ships the batteries at no cost to our recycling partners.

Many corporate offices, healthcare facilities and other businesses or public agencies serve as private Call2Recycle collection sites to collect and recycle the batteries used in their daily operations.

How is the program funded?

The Call2Recycle® program is funded by eco-fees collected in the province by the enterprises that have the regulatory obligation to recycle household batteries. In general they are manufacturers, brand owners and users, and retailers.

Why is recycling household batteries important?

Like newspapers, glass and plastic, batteries can and should be recycled. Consumers use an average of six wireless products – which are powered by batteries – in their day-to-day lives.

Batteries can contain metals that may be harmful to the environment if sent to landfills, but when recycled properly, can be reclaimed and used to make new products. The Call2Recycle® program keeps millions of kilograms of batteries from entering the solid waste stream each year, preserving natural resources and helping to fulfill the mission for a more sustainable earth.

How do I know which types of household batteries can be recycled?

Call2Recycle® accepts all dry-cell household batteries up to 5 kg.

Does Call2Recycle® collect single-use batteries?

Yes, Call2Recycle® accepts single-use batteries in all Canadian provinces.

Does Call2Recycle® collect rechargeable batteries?

Yes, Call2Recycle® accepts rechargeablebatteries in all Canadian provinces.

Why do we need to recycle rechargeable batteries?

Most rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 charges – between two and five years depending on frequency of use, proper handling and charging – but eventually they will no longer hold a full charge and must be replaced. That is when they can and should be recycled.

What happens to the batteries once they are collected?

Once collected, the batteries are sent to our recycling partners located throughout North America. There they are sorted by chemistry and melted down to make new products. Metals that are reclaimed from batteries during the recycling process include:

  • Zinc – Found in alkaline primary batteries.
  • Cadmium – Found in Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries.
  • Cobalt – Found in Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries.
  • Lead – Found in Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries.
  • Nickel – Found in Ni-Cd, Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) batteries.