Call2Recycle, Canada’s leading household battery collection and recycling organization, is calling on Canadians to celebrate Earth Month by stepping up their battery recycling to protect our environment. April is Earth Month, an extension of Earth Day observed on April 22.

This month-long event serves as a reminder of the collective responsibility Canadians share in protecting the planet, and the critical role battery recycling plays in these efforts. With each battery recycled, Canadians can continue to make a significant impact on the ecosystem.

In 2023, almost 6 million kilograms of used batteries were diverted from Canadian landfills through Call2Recycle’s “Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!” program – the program’s best year yet, surpassing 45 million kilograms of batteries recycled since its inception in 1997.

In celebration of Earth Month, Call2Recycle Canada will roll out a series of initiatives aimed at encouraging Canadians to make a positive environmental impact:

  • The April Recycle Your Batteries, Canada! “Take Charge Contest” promotes awareness of battery recycling and offers Canadians the opportunity to win great prizes by responsibly recycling their batteries at one of over 12,000 convenient drop-off locations nationwide.
  • Call2Recycle is partnering with leading retailers including Longo’s and Batteries Expert, to enhance the “Take Charge Contest” through in-store activation, offering consumers easy access to battery recycling while shopping.
  • Call2Recycle and Staples are proudly celebrating 20 years of working together to recycle batteries and will be raising awareness through digital and social media activations.
  • Call2Recycle will be recognizing the Fall 2023 Battery Blitz School Contest winners in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia. In collaboration with Earth Rangers – the leading kids’ conservation organization committed to instilling environmental knowledge, positivity, and the confidence to take action – this program aims to educate and recognize the outstanding efforts of students and schools for their commitment to promoting battery recycling and environmental education within their communities.
  • Call2Recycle will share battery recycling guidance and information throughout the month, to educate the public about best practices.
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“Earth Month is an opportunity to consider our actions and the impact they can have on our planet,” said Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada. “We encourage Canadians to “Take Charge” this April by bringing their used batteries to one of Call2Recycle’s participating convenient drop-off sites for recycling. With the support of our partners – members, provincial governments, and collection sites – we continue to make battery recycling more accessible and convenient for all Canadians.”

When batteries reach their end-of-life, recycling is critical in our efforts to keep people and property safe, address climate change, and build a strong circular economy. By responsibly recycling batteries, Canadians can prevent the chemical or metal components of batteries from ending up in landfills. Recycling also allows for the recovery and reuse of these valuable components, which can be used in the manufacturing of new products, like stainless steel products.

For Earth Month and every day, Call2Recycle encourages all Canadians to power up their commitment to battery recycling. With 92 per cent of Canadians living within 15 kilometres of a Call2Recycle drop-off location, battery recycling is convenient and easy. Simply “collect, protect, and drop-off” batteries at participating locations, including retailers and municipalities. To find your nearest drop-off point, go to www.recycleyourbatteries.ca.

Featured image credit: Call2Recycle

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