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​Battery Collection Week

Starting in November 2015, the City of Barrie offers Battery Collection Week in partnership with Simcoe County. Collection occurs the first full week of November every year.

In 2019, 10.1 tonnes of single-use batteries were collected through this program in Barrie. Since 2015, 1.5 million batteries have been collected.

Collection Bag Delivery: September 14–18, 2020

Watch for your battery collection bag in the mail the week of September 14–18 and prepare for Battery Collection Week 2020! Do not use the battery bag to store batteries (see safe storage information​).

2020 Battery Collection Week: November 2–6

The City of Barrie, in partnership with the County of Simcoe, will be picking up batteries at the curb the week of November 2, 2020. During Battery Collection Week, residents can place batteries curbside next to their blue box for collection 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).

Extra Battery Collection Bags

​​​Extra battery bags are available at the landfill's household hazardous waste (HHW) dropoff locations on Saturdays only from 8:30am–3:30pm. Bags will be left on the HHW table for residents to take at the Recycling Depot (lower area) or HHW depot (upper area) of the landfill.

Residents can also use a plastic sandwich bag for batteries and place that at their curb on collection day the week of November 2 to 6 if they have extra dead batteries that don’t fit in the battery bag that was mailed out. 

​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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