City of Mississauga Media Advisory – Sept. 12, 2013

MISSISSAUGA, September 12, 2013 – The City of Mississauga is helping residents reduce waste by launching a public battery recycling pilot program at Mississauga Central Library.

“It’s about working together to help keep hazardous waste such as used or unwanted batteries out our landfills,” said Brenda Osborne, director, Environment. “Providing a convenient and environmentally responsible battery recycling program for our residents is a small but important step in protecting the environment.”

What:

Battery Recycling Collection at Mississauga Central Library

Residents are encouraged to drop off their single-use (non-rechargeable) dry cell batteries including A, AA, AAA, AAAA, C cell, D cell, 4.5-volt and 9-volt. Zipper storage bags will be provided to store batteries.

When:

September 2013 – March 2014

Where:

Mississauga Central Library
301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W.
Mississauga, ON L5B 3Y3

The battery collection box is located against the wall beside the customer service entrance (southeast corner of the main floor).

Cost:

Free

The success of the six month pilot project will determine if the collection of the batteries will expand to other Mississauga libraries and community centres.

Background

A battery recycling program has been in place for City of Mississauga staff at the Civic Centre since 2006. On average, 272 kg (600 pounds) of batteries have been collected each year. Batteries are collected in bins located in high traffic areas and then stored in drums until disposed of safely.

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