Fall is a great time to recharge and recycle batteries
As Canadians prepare to turn back their clocks on November 6th, Call2Recycle reminds them to test and turn in their batteries
This fall, Call2Recycle, Canada’s national consumer battery collection and recycling program, is reminding Canadians to re-energize and recharge their homes before the end of Daylight Saving Time. As Canadians prepare to turn back their clocks, the traditional time to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in the home, it’s also a great time to go the extra mile when it comes to testing, changing and recycling the used batteries found in household items.
Are you ready to ‘fall back?’ Here are 5 simple ways to recharge your home before the end of Daylight Saving Time:
- Turn back your clocks: Despite being the simplest and most obvious reminder on the list, it’s one of the most important! On November 6, don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Although many digital clocks and smartphones automatically adjust, don’t forget to change the clocks on your appliances (stoves, microwaves, etc.), coffee machines, watches and of course the good, old-fashioned battery-powered clocks.
- Put safety first: Take time to test and change the batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a crucial component of household safety and one that goes forgotten all-too-often. Don’t forget to also check expiry dates on these items. It’s incredibly important to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that work properly so you can keep your family and house safe.
- Prep for winter: Winter is on the horizon and Daylight Saving Time is the perfect seasonal reminder to get your home winter ready. Capitalize on your extra hour by updating your families’ emergency kit and checking the batteries in your thermostat and fireplace remote controls. Don’t forget to re-stock your kit with batteries, a flashlight, candles, matches and a lighter for that inevitable winter storm!
- Say goodbye to summer: According to a recent Nielsen study commissioned by Call2Recycle, battery “hoarding” typically lasts at least several months – almost the same length of time Canadians spend trying to hang onto summer. Make sure you’ve removed the batteries in staple summer items – such as patio lights, outdoor speakers, etc. – so they can be properly stored for winter.
- Recycle your batteries: While you’re testing and updating the batteries in various household items, don’t forget to recycle them! Properly disposing of used batteries has a positive impact on the environment by keeping them out of landfills. Call2Recycle collects batteries for recycling and materials are extracted and used to make new products, including silverware, golf clubs, new batteries and much more.
“So far this year, Call2Recycle has collected and recycled 2.2 million kilograms of batteries across Canada. In addition to expanding our collection network to add drop-off locations, we also continue to increase consumer awareness about battery recycling,” said Joe Zenobio, Executive Director, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “The end of Daylight Saving Time is the perfect opportunity to remind Canadians how simple it is to responsibly recycle their batteries.”
Taking the time to turn in your batteries with Call2Recycle is as simple and convenient as turning back the clock. With 8,000 collection sites across the country, ninety-one per cent of Canadians live within 15 kilometers of one. To find a collection site, Canadians can visit the Call2Recycle locator, plug in their postal code and find their nearest recycling location within seconds.