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Batteries (household including rechargeable)

rechargeable batteries, hearing aid batteries
Batteries (household including rechargeable)
From portable phones to portable GPS units, batteries let us live our busy lives on the go. But whether we use the rechargeable batteries in our computers 1000 times or disposable AAs in our camera once, they all eventually have to be disposed of. Batteries don’t belong in our landfills, indeed, they are banned from the garbage, but in the CRD where do they go?

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

There’s simply no reason to buy non-rechargeable batteries these days. Rechargeables have up to 30 times less impact on air pollution and global warming than disposables (the equivalent to driving 2000 km less each year in your car). They can be used and reused, which reduces raw materials production, packaging waste and recycling costs.

Choose electronics with multiple functions to cut down on the number of batteries you use. Work plugged in whenever possible to save battery life and resist the urge to upgrade to new products. For emergency use, consider a wind-up flashlight and radio.

Reuse

Choosing rechargeables is the best way to reuse batteries. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to get the best use out of your batteries.

Recycle

Call2Recycle is a local program that works with participating retailers (such as Pharmasave, London Drugs, The Source, Staples, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, Home Hardware, Sears and Slegg) to recycle rechargeable batteries. This program has recently expanded to include non-rechargeable batteries as well.  Bring your old batteries to any of the listings on their website for recycling.
Connect Hearing has a hearing aid battery recycling program.  They provide a box that you return to them once full.  Call 1.800.563.4327 for more details.

Hartland Landfill, in the Recycling Area, accepts batteries of all types, in residential quantities.

Not all of the facilities listed below are part of the Call2Recycle program.  If they are not they may charge a recycling fee.

Facilities

  • All Battery

    Unit #112 - 2806 Jacklin Road, Westshore Town Centre
    Langford
    250.474.5022

  • Alpine Disposal & Recycling

    1045 Dunford Ave.
    Langford
    250.474.5145

  • Battery Doctors

    Address to come

    250.361.3335

  • Bay Street Castle

    220 Bay Street
    Victoria
    250.595.1225

  • Bottle Depot - Glanford

    4261 Glanford Avenue
    Saanich
    250.727.7480

  • Bottle Depot, Victoria - Queens

    655 Queens Avenue
    Victoria
    250.727.7480

  • Canada Scooters

    2005 Cook Street
    Victoria
    250.383.7383

  • Canadian Energy

    791 Cave Street
    Esquimalt
    250.361.3933

  • Canadian Tire

    All locations in capital region

  • Darryl's and James's Digs

    103 East Point Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.3385

  • Ellice Recycle

    524 David Street
    Victoria
    250.386.4342

  • Hartland Depot

    1 Hartland Avenue
    Victoria
    250.360.3030

  • Home Depot

    All locations in capital region

  • Island Return It, Esquimalt

    935 Ellery Street
    Esquimalt
    250.381.1482

  • Island Return It, Sidney

    10025 Galaran Road
    Sidney
    250.655.4878

  • JOMA Environmental Ltd. (pick-up service only)


    Victoria
    250.884.4822

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • Mayne Island Recycling Depot

    390 Campbell Bay Road
    Mayne Island
    250.539.3383

  • Oak Bay Green Committee / Carnarvon Park Recycling Depot

    Carnarvon Park
    Victoria

  • Oak Bay Public Works Yard (Oak Bay residents only)

    1771 Elgin Road
    Oak Bay
    250.598.4501

  • Pender Island Recycling Depot

    4400 Otter Bay Road
    Pender Island
    250.629.6962

  • reFUSE

    304 John St
    Victoria
    250.381.6007

  • Salt Spring Island Recycling Depot

    349 Rainbow Road
    Salt Spring Island
    250.537.1200

  • Saturna Island Recycling Depot

    101 Harris Road
    Saturna Island
    250.539.8080

  • Sidney Home Hardware

    2635 Beacon Avenue
    Sidney
    250-656-2712

  • Sooke Disposal Ltd.

    No drop off depot.
    Sooke
    250.642.3646

  • Sooke Home Hardware

    6626 Sooke Road
    Sooke
    250-642-6366

  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association Plastic Re-Cycle

    1625 Bank Street
    Victoria
    250.595.2685

  • The Environmental Story

    Household batteries are responsible for 50-70% of all heavy metals found in the world’s landfills. Though modern batteries often contain lower levels of toxic metals, they are still dangerous to soils and groundwater and should always be recycled rather than landfilled. All batteries, whether rechargeable or not, have the potential to cause harm to our environment if not recycled properly.

    Did You Know?

    Batteries and pool chemicals disposed of in the garbage are the greatest cause of landfill fires.  Both are banned from the garbage.

    Why is it so important to properly recycle old batteries? Watch our Did You Know segment on Shaw to find out! ow.ly/WG4yY