Recycling your batteries will be easier than ever before.

In July 2020, a new provincial regulation affecting battery recycling took effect in Ontario, making battery producers, importers and brand owners responsible for the end-of-life management of their products. The Regulation is designed to support and strengthen a circular economy in Ontario.

As Canada’s leading national consumer battery collection and recycling program, Call2Recycle® represents close to 400 obligated producers and accepts used household batteries at more than 1,500 Call2Recycle drop-off locations across Ontario.

If you are an obligated producer, collection site or battery consumer in Ontario, find out how the new Ontario Batteries Regulation affects you by selecting one of the options below.

Battery Producers & Members

Call2Recycle has the experience and expertise to manage your producer responsibility obligation for end-of-life batteries in Ontario.

 

DETERMINING YOUR PRODUCER OBLIGATION

We encourage all battery producers to review the Ontario Batteries Regulation to determine their obligation in Ontario and to contact the Compliance and Registry Team at the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority (RPRA) for guidance: registry@rpra.ca, (647) 496-0530 or toll free at (833) 600-0530.

FOR CLARIFICATION OF YOUR PRODUCER OBLIGATIONS IN ONTARIO ACCORDING TO THE ONTARIO BATTERIES REGULATION, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR REPORTING AND REMITTING PROGRAM FEES TO CALL2RECYCLE:

 

According to the battery producer definition in the Ontario Battery Regulation, it is expected that most national brand battery companies will likely be the obligated and responsible party for reporting and remitting payments for Ontario, as well as any retailer or distributor who is selling or importing their own private label single-use batteries.

Therefore, if you sell any batteries in Ontario carrying the following brand names, and are not the brand owner, you DO NOT need to report or remit payment for these brands or their branded products:


  • 3M
  • Acer
  • Apple
  • Arlo
  • Bosch
  • Cameleon
  • Canon
  • Craftsman
  • Dewalt
  • Digiwave
  • Duracell
  • Eneloop
  • Energizer
  • Eveready
  • Fein
  • Google
  • Grainger Approved
  • Honeywell
  • Hoover
  • HP
  • Husqvarna
  • Insignia
  • John Deere
  • Lenovo
  • LG
  • Makita
  • Metabo
  • Milwaukee
  • Motorola
  • Panasonic
  • Paslode
  • Philips
  • Rayovac
  • Reactor
  • Ryobi
  • Samsung
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Stihl
  • Sunbeam
  • Surface
  • Tech1
  • Vtech
  • Westinghouse


Private Label batteries:
Any retailer or distributor who is selling or importing their own private label single-use
batteries will be obligated for those private label brands only. If you market, distribute or
import private label single-use and/or rechargeable batteries directly to consumers in Ontario,
you are obligated and responsible for reporting and remitting on those brand(s). Note, while fees
on rechargeable batteries will not be due until January 1, 2021, you must still report in the same
way as for single-use batteries.

 

REGISTER WITH CALL2RECYCLE

If you are obligated, and are not an existing Call2Recycle member, or if you are a current rechargeable licensee obligated in Ontario, we invite you to register with Call2Recycle as your Ontario PRO by clicking the “Register” box below.

Alternatively, if you would like assistance or have any questions about the registration process, please contact Erich Repper at: erepper@call2recycle.ca or at 1-888-224-9764.

If you are a current program member, you can designate Call2Recycle as your Ontario PRO by logging into your GreenTrax account and adding Ontario as a new jurisdiction.

For information about Call2Recycle’s Ontario rechargeable battery collection and recycling program, please click HERE for a recording of the recent webinar. To review the webinar participant Q&A, please click HERE.


REPORTING WITH CALL2RECYCLE

Starting August 1, 2020, you should begin using Call2Recycle’s online portal GreenTrax to
report for July sales data. You must register your obligated brands with RPRA by November 2020 (more information to come from RPRA regarding registration dates). If you have any questions about reporting, please contact Erich Repper at: erepper@call2recycle.ca or at 1-888-224-9764.

NOTE: Reporting for rechargeable batteries begins effective February 1, 2021 for January sales data.

WHY THE CALL2RECYCLE PROGRAM?

Our cost-effective, turnkey national battery collection and recycling program streamlines your transition in Ontario and ensures compliance across every regulated province.

Compliance, credibility & industry leadership:

  • Call2Recycle is the provincially-approved battery stewardship program in British Columbia, Manitoba,Quebec and Prince Edward Island and is the approved collector for the Federal Government.
  • The program is recognized for fulfilling member obligations in compliance with provincial end-of-life product regulations.

Experience and trust:

  • Call2Recycle is Canada’s only national battery recycling program with more than two decades of experience managing collections and regulatory compliance.
  • We are valued by members for translating complex regulations into turnkey, compliant solutions.
  • We have an established program in Ontario including a network of sorters and processors in place ready to meet your compliance obligations immediately.

Dedication to safety:

  • As the only Responsible Recycling, R2 certified, end-of-life battery collection and recycling program in Canada, Call2Recycle and its process partners adhere to the highest recognized standards for battery collection, transportation and recycling safety.
  • Our program is regarded, both domestically and internationally, for safe and responsible end-of-life battery management.

Simple and cost effective:

  • With operations across Canada and unparalleled market breadth and depth, Call2Recycle is able to achieve economies of scale and efficiencies to contain costs.
  • Members appreciate our easy-to-administer collections program and our simple-to-manage producer responsibility program.

Strong retail relationships:

  • Call2Recycle has a successful history of working with retail producers. We have a longstanding relationship with the Retail Council of Canada and retailers/distributors are well represented on the Call2Recycle Board of Directors. We commission third-party research to inform program improvements and support retail partners, while conducting ongoing public education and awareness to promote battery recycling at retail.

Battery Collection Sites

HOW DOES CALL2RECYCLE COLLECT BATTERIES IN ONTARIO?

Call2Recycle® partners with retailers, public agencies, municipal depots, private business and government buildings, which make Call2Recycle collection boxes available for the public or for private collections. These collection locations may be open to the public or may be private locations collecting internally.

Large-volume collection sites, such as private corporations, have the flexibility to utilize Call2Recycle signature collection boxes or make use of our bulk collection program instead.

IMPORTANT: To ensure only regulated program material is safely recycled, Call2Recycle requires all Ontario program consumer battery collection partners to adhere to the policies and procedures listed here.

 

WILL THE NEW BATTERIES REGULATION AFFECT BATTERY COLLECTORS?

If you operate a retail collection site or a public agency collection site, (libraries, schools, hospitals) there will be no changes to your current collection program. Please note the following stipulation for municipal waste depots and commercial collectors:

“If a battery collection site is not part of a retail location and accepts more than 15 kilograms of batteries from a person on a single day, the operator of the site shall record the person’s name, contact information, any unique identifier assigned by the Registrar and the weight of batteries accepted.”

Please see Part III, Section 11.5 of the Regulation for the details.

 

WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF BEING A CALL2RECYCLE COLLECTION PARTNER IN ONTARIO?

Call2Recycle’s simple collection and recycling program is easy to implement and requires very little staff time to manage.

We provide a range of resources to support and enhance your collections and Call2Recycle’s customer service is available for immediate response to inquiries.

To find out more about becoming a Call2Recycle collection site partner, visit the Become a Collection Partner page on this website.

 

RETAIL BATTERY COLLECTION PARTNERS IN ONTARIO

Call2Recycle commissions and shares research on the benefits of offering customers an in-store battery collection service for recycling. Our research shows the presence of an in-store recycling program keeps customers coming back. Click here to become a collection partner in Ontario.

 

MUNICIPAL COLLECTION PARTNERS IN ONTARIO

Call2Recycle currently partners with 70 municipalities across Ontario offering more than 1400 collection sites for used battery drop-offs.

Under the new Ontario Batteries Regulation, Call2Recycle will:

  • Partner with municipalities and depots, regardless of size or location, incorporating seamlessly into existing collection programs.
  • Ensure a seamless program transition for municipal collectors with no disruption to existing consumer battery collection and recycling services. Call2Recycle will work with your existing service providers as preferred.
  • Offer flexible and customized collection solutions for Call2Recycle municipal collection partners.
  • Offer fair compensation and customer service for immediate response to inquiries for all municipal collection partners.

For more detailed information about the Call2Recycle program for Ontario municipalities, click here.

 

REGISTER WITH CALL2RECYCLE
To register with Call2Recycle as a municipal collection partner for household batteries, please select one of the following options:

 

ONTARIO MUNICIPAL RESOURCES

 

 

INDUSTRIAL AND BULK COLLECTION PARTNERS IN ONTARIO

For collection sites with large volumes, Call2Recycle’s bulk shipping option simplifies the process through its step-by-step, online bulk shipping wizard. Our team will work with you to determine whether our bulk shipping program option best meets your needs.

To find out more about becoming a Call2Recycle bulk collection partner, visit the Become a Collection Partner page on this website.

 

PUBLIC AGENCIES IN ONTARIO

With Call2Recycle’s easy-to-manage battery collection program, schools, colleges, universities, libraries and other public agencies can demonstrate environmental commitment to their communities and increase community engagement.

Program:
Call2Recycle’s battery collection program is easy to set up, no cost to operate, and boxes are auto-replenished as needed. Our seal-and-ship program requires very little staff time or effort and our responsive customer service ensures that your questions are answered and needs are met.

Education:
Call2Recycle is committed to supporting education and community outreach about battery recycling and provides education resources for interested parties, helping you engage with your community through collection events, public awareness campaigns and best practice support. Click here to set up a collection program.

 

SAFETY

As part of our best-in-class commitment to the safe management and transportation of used batteries, Call2Recycle provides collection partners with collection site safety training and an information portal.

Battery Consumers

HOW DOES THE NEW LEGISLATION AFFECT ME?

Under the new Regulation, residents of Ontario will not only be able to recycle their single-use batteries, as they do now, but will also be able to drop off rechargeable batteries for recycling as well.

 

WHERE DO I GO TO RECYCLE MY BATTERIES?

Whether through your city collections, at your local retailer or even in your workplace, Call2Recycle has a consumer battery drop-off location near you that makes it easy and convenient for you to safely recycle your used household batteries (weighing less than 5 kg).

When you recycle your household batteries with Call2recycle, you can be confident that we prioritize safe battery collection, reducing potential fire hazards and maximizing efficient practices so that your batteries are repurposed and redirected from the waste stream.

 

HOW DO I RECYCLE MY BATTERIES WITH CALL2RECYCLE?

With Call2Recycle battery recycling is easy! Simply gather up your used batteries in your home, office or garage, drop each battery into a clear sandwich-style bag (bags are also available at Call2Recycle collection boxes) and bring your batteries to any Call2Recycle drop-off location.
You can find more details here.

You can find your nearest Call2Recycle drop-off location by using our locator tool.

Program Resources

For program members to help inform their customers about the new consumer battery collection and recycling program, program information rack cards for you to display in store, are available for you to order.  Should you wish to order cards, please contact Stephanie Foster at sfoster@call2recycle.ca or at 438-448-4272.