Not sure what to do with your old batteries at home?
Protect, Store & Recycle!

As you uncover old batteries in your garage, basement or junk drawers, remember that properly recycling them is the safest and the most responsible thing you can do. Batteries thrown in the trash or recycling bin can spark and possibly cause a fire and batteries that end up in our landfills can be harmful to wildlife and the environment.

When you have used batteries, safely protect and store them at home until you’re ready to take them to a drop-off location for recycling.

Reduce the risk of sparking with these options:


Original Packaging

Place used batteries back in
their original packaging and
seal with tape


Tape Terminals

Cover the terminals* with clear
packing tape, duct tape or
electrical tape

* Avoid coving battery label


Bag & Seal

Place each* battery in a clear,
sealable/zipped bag. Zip-seal or produce bags recommended

* Multiple cylindrical alkaline
batteries may be wrapped together

Keep people and property safe by properly storing old batteries:

Store in a Non-Metal Container

+ Avoid placing loose batteries in drawers or containers that contain other metal objects such as coins, paper clips or screws.

+ Use a non-metal container to store bagged or taped batteries – repurpose an old yogurt container, milk jug or plastic storage bin.

+ Store your container of batteries in a cool, dry place. Room temperature is fine, but avoid direct sunlight or extreme heat.

Safely and responsibly recycle your batteries

Find your nearest drop-off location by using the Call2Recycle battery drop-off locator tool*.

* Contact your local drop-off location in advance to confirm hours and availability. Drop-off site availability may be limited due to the concerns of COVID-19. If your local drop-off site is closed or not accepting batteries, we encourage you to continue safely storing your used batteries until options become available.

Batteries can and should be recycled. Here’s why:

  • Battery recycling keeps harmful materials out of landfill 
    Used batteries that end up in your community’s landfill can contain toxic materials that may harm wildlife and the environment.
  • Battery recycling helps keep people and property safe
    Responsible battery recycling practices ensure batteries are handled in a way that reduces potential fire hazards
  • Battery recycling supports sustainability
    Materials reclaimed from recycled batteries can be used to make new products.

About Call2Recycle

Call2Recycle is your provincially-regulated, not-for-profit battery recycling program dedicated to the safe collection and recycling of used batteries.