What to do with your used batteries

Accumlated dead batteries

Nine (9) years of accumulated used batteries

For over 9 years, this bag of used batteries has been taking up space in my cupboards and dragged around to 5 different apartments because I didn’t know what to do with them. If you’re like me, you would like to be green when it comes to the disposal of alkaline batteries, but haven’t the slightest clue where to take them.

In most cities, some pharmacies, video stores, electronic retailers and universities offer battery disposal services and there are usually eco depots located on the outskirts, but this doesn’t help an urbanite like me sans voiture.

The easiest way to find where to dispose of used batteries is to call your city and ask.

In Montreal, Éco-Quartier, an organization whose mandate is to manage city environmental issues, offers battery disposal. They’re not the most centralised organisation, which each neighbourhood managing their own website and offering different services, but it’s a start.

If you’re in Montreal, save yourself the hassle of going door-to-door trying to find a place and just call them instead.

In the plateau, the nearest place was Écocentre de la Petite-Patrie, a few blocks north of Parc Laurier.

Écocentre de la petite-patrie in Montreal

Écocentre de la Petite-Patrie in Montreal offers battery disposal

It was easy to get to by bike and what a relief it was to drop them into this bucket. To my pleasant surprise, they also take in old furniture, clothes, paint cans and more.

Disposal bucket for batteries

Disposal bucket for used alkaline batteries

If no local place exists for you, maybe try doing a communal collect of used batteries with friends (don’t forget the ones at work from remote controls etc.) and drive out to an eco depot all together.

For the future, try to cutback on disposable batteries and use reusable ones instead.  This will at least cut down on production and waste.

I won’t lie, being green isn’t always convenient, in fact, it’s often a pain in the ass, but you do feel good when you’ve done it. Afterall, if we don’t take care of our environment, who will?

2 thoughts on “What to do with your used batteries

  1. 9 years?! …that’s six months to me! Lucky I knew about these waste stations! I mean lucky for us! Thanks again for us all, for all these insightfull tips 😉 I do my best at educating anyone I know, but here YOU are, perfect for the day-job! I seriously hope you get some media attention and become some morning journalist telling us how to green the rest of our day!

    My best
    xx

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