Waste Reduction Week Puts a Spotlight on Battery Recycling in Canada

Waste ace web imageUPDATECall2Recycle Canada is celebrating Waste Reduction Week (#WasteReductionWeek) from Oct. 19-25 by sponsoring a number of Waste Ace events to encourage even more consumers, businesses and community agencies to recycle their used rechargeable and single-use batteries.

Officially launched in 2001, Waste Reduction Week (WRW) is an annual event that engages and empowers Canadians to reduce, reuse and recycle waste. Call2Recycle is sponsoring the following events:

  • British Columbia (B.C) Waste Ace: Science World in Vancouver, B.C., is pulling out the stops to inspire residents to recycle their batteries during WRW. The person collecting the most batteries and cellphones will win the title 2015 B.C. Waste Ace and receive a digital camera. There will also be daily drawings for Science World Ultimate Experience packages.
  • Quebec Waste Ace: Call2Recycle and Jour de la Terre have partnered to reward residents for dropping off their used batteries and cellphones to a nearby Call2Recycle drop-off location. Daily prizes include rechargeable battery packs (value $50). Plus, all participants are entered in a grand prize, which includes the title of 2015 Quebec Waste Ace and a digital camera. Forms can be downloaded from the Jour de la Terre
  • Winnipeg Waste Ace: For the second year in a row, residents of Winnipeg, Manitoba, are invited to drop off used batteries and cellphones at their nearest public library branch. The branch that collects the most recycled batteries and cellphones will be declared the 2015 Winnipeg Waste Ace and receive a donation to buy new library equipment.
  • All provinces: With the arrival of Daylight Saving Time on Nov. 1, all Canadians are reminded that it’s time to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The batteries can be dropped at the closest Call2Recycle battery recycling location. Anyone who participates is considered an official Call2Recycle Waste Ace!

“Waste Reduction Week is a good reminder to all of us to take the time to recycle, whether it’s batteries or other items,” said Joe Zenobio, executive director, Call2Recycle Canada. “We hope to inspire a new group of Canadians to be Waste Aces–and embrace battery recycling as a new part of their recycling routine.”

You can follow WRW activities on Twitter at: @Call2Recycle or #WasteReductionWeek, or visit the dedicated web page .

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