The City will be collecting old batteries next week as a convenience to residents and to ensure they are disposed of properly.
Used batteries can be put out in a clear, sealed plastic bag beside curbside waste on your regular garbage collection day next week, November 4 to 8. Car batteries and other types of large batteries will not be collected.
“Never put batteries in the garbage,” said Heather Roberts, Director of Solid Waste Services. “We hold this yearly collection just after the clocks fall back to help you remember it’s time to properly dispose of dead single-use batteries.”
The City suggests the best place to put the bagged batteries is next to your recycling box on the ground or beside another curbside waste container where it can be easily seen by a collector.
The battery collection is in partnership with Waste Connections of Canada and occurs at the same time as the end of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, Nov. 3. That’s when Kingston Fire & Rescue also suggests everyone replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, making it a perfect time to dispose of the old detector batteries during this collection.
Batteries can also be dropped off any time of the year at the following locations:
• City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
• INVISTA Centre, 1350 Gardiners Rd.
• Kingston Area Recycling Centre (KARC), 196 Lappan’s Lane
• Find a list of additional drop-off locations at www.rawmaterials.com and at www.call2recycle.org.