No. Transportation Canada safety regulations require that the terminals of certain battery types be protected to prevent contact with each other, as this can cause sparks and lead to a fire. Here is the proper way to protect your batteries to ensure they are recycled safely:
For single-use lithium-based batteries, single-use batteries that are 12V or more, rechargeable batteries, or batteries whose chemistry/voltage you are unsure of: Place the battery in one of the clear bags provided with the Call2Recycle box or tape the terminal end with duct tape, electrical tape or another non-conductive tape for safety (keeping the chemistry visible) before depositing.
All other batteries: Deposit the battery directly in the Call2Recycle box.
If you run out of Call2Recycle bags, you can use a clear, Ziploc-style or clear grocery produce bag. Be sure to close off the top before depositing in the Call2Recycle box. For the complete list of batteries with terminals that must be protected to comply with these requirements, please consult the Call2Recycle Canada web site, www.call2recycle.ca/safety/collections-shipping.
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