Recent studies show there are 100 batteries in the average Canadian household in remote controllers, watches, children’s toys, power tools, computers, alarm clocks and many other things.
Batteries are also used in industry and community infrastructure. For example, batteries provide phone service when the power is off.
There are three types of batteries. Wet cell batteries are used mostly in vehicles. Dry cell and rechargeable batteries are most common in households and workplaces.
A chemical reaction inside batteries creates the power. Chemicals include copper, cadmium, mercury, zinc, lead, nickel and lithium depending on the kind of battery.
Button batteries contain the most valuable materials.
All batteries should be recycled to prevent these chemicals and metals from damaging the environment and human health.
Vehicle batteries are recycled from local landfills.
The Flin Flon Recycling Centre began collecting dry cell, small sealed lead acid and rechargeable batteries of all shapes and sizes for recycling in 2014.
Batteries should be in a sealed bag or container when they are sent to the Recycling Centre so they can be separated from the other recyclables.
The batteries are collected and shipped through the Call 2 Recycle program. This program is paid for by industry and an Environmental Handling Fee (EHF) that was added to household batteries February 1, 2017.
Call 2 Recycle sends boxes lined with a non-flammable material. Plastic bags are provided for Li-Ion, SSLA/Pb and lithium primary batteries as they must be in a separate bag in the box for shipping to prevent fires. Button batteries are placed between two pieces of tape.
Batteries are packed in the boxes and shipped.
In 2019, the Recycling Centre shipped 875 kilograms of batteries for recycling.