April 10, 2015 - The City's spring curbside battery recycling program returns on April 14, giving residents an opportunity to conveniently and safely recycle spent household batteries.

"This program has proven to be a very popular and successful one," said Jason Sherband, Coordinator - Solid Waste Diversion & Recycling. "Last spring, City workers collected 2.8 tonnes of batteries, which were shipped off and safely recycled. Last fall, a further 3.6 tonnes were collected."

"It's great to see residents embrace this program, and we're pleased to offer it again this spring."

Batteries can be placed in orange Battery Recycling bags - which were recently delivered to Thunder Bay households - and left at the curb during regular recycling collection days between April 14 and 24. Residents are asked to consult their Waste Collection Calendars and look for the battery symbol, which specifies their collection day.

Any resident with curbside waste collection who did not receive an orange Battery Recycling bag, or requires extras, is asked to call Dispatch at 625-2195 or visit www.thunderbay.ca/batteries to print out an insert that can be placed in any clear, re-sealable bag.

Battery Recycling bags can also be picked up at all four branches of the Thunder Bay Public Library, as well as EcoSuperior (562 Red River Road) and the City of Thunder Bay Engineering Department, (second floor, Victoriaville Civic Centre).

One hundred per cent of the battery components, along with the recycling bags themselves, will be recycled.

The City of Thunder Bay's first curbside battery collection program was offered in March 2014, and was the first such program offered in Northern Ontario. It resulted in the diversion of 6,200 pounds (2.8 metric tonnes) of household batteries from the City's Solid Waste & Recycling Facility.

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Contact:              Jason Sherband, Coordinator - Solid Waste Diversion & Recycling, 625-3851