Call2Recycle wants Canadians to participate in Circular Economy Month by recycling batteries
Call2Recycle has started to encourage consumers to recycle their batteries in support of Circular Economy Month through a dedicated awareness campaign. Circular Economy Month, an awareness campaign started by the Circular Innovation Council, promotes Canada's effort to build a strong circular economy, reduce environmental impact, and retain as much value as possible from scarce resources by reusing, repurposing, or recycling materials.
Call2Recycle plays a leading role during this campaign in educating Canadians about the importance of diverting used batteries from landfills and recycling their components. Battery recycling is an example of the circular economy in action. Batteries contain rare chemical and metal components that may be harmful to the environment if they end up in landfills. However, when batteries are recycled properly, these substances can instead be processed and made into new products, such as stainless-steel appliances, golf clubs, bicycles, and more, reducing the need to mine new materials and lowering the associated carbon footprint.
Throughout the month of October 2023, Call2Recycle is partnering with real estate management company Morguard to offer battery recycling services in 18 shopping centres, offering Canadians the opportunity to dispose of their end-of-life batteries. In addition, mini collection cubes will be distributed at these locations to encourage the collection of batteries at home.
As part of Circular Economy Month, Call2Recycle will host a battery recycling contest, which is promoted on television and digital media. Consumers can enter the competition to win prizes by dropping off their batteries at one of over 10,000 Call2Recycle's drop-off locations. Once present at a drop-off location, consumers can enter the contest by visiting www.RecycleYourBatteries.ca.
With a network of over 10,000 battery drop-off locations across Canada, over 89 percent of Canadians are living within 15 kilometres of a Call2Reycle collection point. As more consumers get into the habit of recycling their batteries, it will dramatically reduce the environmental and social impacts of the material extraction required to create the batteries.