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​Battery Collection Week

The City of Barrie offers Battery Collection Week in partnership with Simcoe County. Collection occurs the first full week of November every year.

Please do not Dispose of Lithium Ion Batteries​ Curbside

Lithium ion batteries (from cell phones, drones, remote control cars, power tools etc.) cannot be disposed of in curbside garbage or recycling because doing so poses a serious fire hazard and safety threat to curbside collectors and anyone in the vicinity of collection vehicles. Please dispose of these items safely at the Hazardous Waste Depot.

Battery Collection Week is vital to protecting the environment by keeping batteries, which contain harmful substances, out of the garbage and our landfill. Some batteries may also pose health and safety risks due to leaking or the potential for fire and explosion.

In 2020, 9.6 tonnes of single-use batteries were collected through this program in Barrie. Since 2015, over 1.5 million batteries have been collected.​

2021 Battery Collection Week: November 1–5

Bags will be delivered via mail to all Barrie households the week of October 18. The City's waste contractor will be picking up batteries at the curb the week of November 1 to 5. 

Do not use the battery bag to store batteries (see safe storage information​). The batteries should be placed in the bag on the day of the curbside collection. 

On the day of your regular collection day, put dead batteries in the battery collection bag, seal it, and put it out at your curb beside your garbage bag, green bin, or recycling boxes.​

Need more than one battery bag?

Each year following delivery and leading up to collection week, bags are available for pickup at select locations that will be listed on this webpage. Plastic sandwich bags are also accepted curbside.

Bags are not delivered to multi-residential buildings but residents of these buildings can get a bag from one of the locations listed on this page, and place the curbside for pickup on their regular collection day.

Accepted Battery Types

Due to regulatory requirements, only undamaged, single use, and dry cell batteries are acceptable for curbside collection.

Accepted

  • Standard A, AA, AAA, C, D and 9-Volt Batteries (both alkaline and heavy duty)
  • Button Batteries.

Not Accepted

  • Rechargeable battery packs (NiCad, NiMH, or Lithium Ion - typically used in laptop computers, cellular phones, etc.)
  • Car batteries
  • Industrial batteries
  • Battery packs

Unaccepted batteries can be disposed of at Barrie’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot or Recycling Depot for free (open Saturdays only).

​Safe Storage

Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry location, away from any flammable material, prior to disposal. Do not use the battery bag to store batteries, this can be a fire hazard. During storage, battery terminals should not be in contact with conductive materials. The terminals on 9-Volt batteries in particular, should be covered with electrical tape prior to storage.

Where Batteries go After Collection

All batteries are sorted by type in a processing facility and then recycled to recover their respective components, including metal, carbon, manganese, etc. The zinc and manganese recovered from the batteries is used as an ingredient in a micro-nutrient fertilizer. The battery collection bag is also recycled.

Alternative Disposal Options

Outside of Battery Collection Week, batteries (hazardous waste) are not collected curbside. Please bring unwanted batteries to the City of Barrie’s Household Hazardous Waste Depot, 272 Ferndale Drive North, open Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Find additional drop-off locations:

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