Nearly 300,000 households across Ontario have managed to recycle 20,729 kilograms of spent batteries through a municipal curbside collection program that started in November.
Ontario`s Blue Box program has achieved a 96% participation rate, with several Ontario communities being offered the battery collection as an extension to their curbside blue box program.
Once collected at curbside, the batteries were picked up and recycled by Raw Materials Company Inc. (RMC) in Port Colborne, Ontario.
Over 86% of the materials in collected batteries are used as feedstock in both biological systems as agricultural fertilizer and in industrial systems for the manufacturing of new products.
As part of the process, materials like zinc, manganese, potassium and steel are recovered and upcycled rather than disposed of in a landfill or converted into smelter slag and then used as aggregate replacement.
The program has been backed by the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program (BIP) that was created on behalf of battery manufacturers as a means to increase the collection of batteries in the province of Ontario.