The Kingston community is reminded that the City is 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, from November 7 to the 12th. Car batteries and other types of large batteries will not be collected.
“Batteries contain toxic chemicals that can harm the environment and should never be put in the garbage. We offer this collection to help residents easily and properly dispose of dead single-use batteries in an effort to keep our environment safe,” said Adam Mueller, Supervisor of Solid Waste Disposal.
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. Car, tool and other types of large batteries will not be collected.
“Battery collection week also coincides with daylight saving time, when we’re reminded to replace our smoke detector batteries,” said Mueller. “It’s a good opportunity to insert fresh batteries and dispose of the old ones.”
The battery collection is in partnership with E360 Solutions and coincides with the end of Daylight Saving Time. That’s also 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 rawmaterials.com and at call2recycle.org.