Kawartha Lakes recognized as a 2023 Leader in Sustainability for battery recycling

By Lindsay Advocate

Kawartha Lakes is pleased to announce that it has been named by Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. as a 2023 Leader in Sustainability. The Leader in Sustainability Award is granted each year to organizations that display exceptional commitment to the environment and responsible battery management.

Kawartha Lakes collected 7,970 kilograms of household batteries through the Call2Recycle® program in 2023, making it one of the program’s top-performing partners.

With this recognition, Kawartha Lakes joins a celebrated group of major retailers, waste recyclers, municipalities, and businesses, setting a high standard for waste diversion and environmental excellence.

“Each year, Canadians recycle more and more of their used batteries with Call2Recycle thanks to the ongoing partnership of organizations like the City of Kawartha Lakes. This partnership speaks to a real commitment to sustainability and makes a significant difference,” said Joe Zenobio, President of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “The support we receive from Kawartha Lakes helps us achieve our mission of maximizing battery diversion from the waste stream, which in turn protects wildlife, the environment and our communities.”

“We’re proud to be named a 2023 Leader in Sustainability by Call2Recycle Canada. Recycling batteries properly and keeping them out of our landfills is very important to us from both an environmental and sustainability perspective,” said David Kerr, manager of environmental Services for Kawartha Lakes, “A big thank you goes out to our residents for supporting our battery collection program and helping us work towards our goal of diverting all used batteries from our landfills!”

Speaking of which, spring curbside battery collection is right around the corner. The municipality will be collecting used batteries curbside from March 18 to 21 on your regularly scheduled collection day. To dispose of used batteries properly, residents are asked to please place them inside a clear, re-sealable bag and leave it on top of their fibre recycling materials at the curbside by 7 a.m. on the morning of collection. For more information, read the municipality’s March 18 to 21 battery collection reminder.

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