Recycling Batteries has never been easier

There are over 2,000 locations where you can recycle your batteries in Quebec. Call2Recycle will accept any used batteries (weighing less than 5 kg each) at no charge. So what are you waiting for?

Do you want to become a Call2Recycle® collection site?

      Program Benefits:
    • Used batteries and cellphones are properly and safely recycled at no charge to you
    • An easy way to keep potentially hazardous waste from entering landfills and give reclaimed materials a second life
    • Collection kits and marketing materials provided at no charge
    • Free shipping (Collection Kit or Bulk)
    • Choice to collect from the public to increase foot traffic or to collect internally
    • Reporting and downstream tracking, including Certificates of Recycling

What is an Industry Steward?

Battery and/or product manufacturers – or what Call2Recycle refers to as their Industry Stewards – have united to ensure that the batteries they are introducing into the marketplace are responsibly recycled when they reach their end of life. Licensees specifically refer to those manufacturers who are financially supporting the Call2Recycle program through the licensing and placement of battery seals on their rechargeable batteries and/or battery-powered products.


What are the Benefits?

  • Producer Responsibility: demonstrates your commitment to environmentally-sound recycling of batteries.
  • Regulatory Solution: fulfills manufacturers’ recycling requirements in the U.S. and Canada, including compliance with state, provincial and federal regulations, including The Battery Act
  • Simplicity: allows manufacturers to manage complexities by supporting one program

What batteries do you recycle?

  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)
  • Single-Use Batteries (like alkalines)

More Information

Please visit our Industry Steward Support Centre or contact our Customer Service Team (888.224.9764)

Documents & Downloads:

  • The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks has solicited public comments on the draft regulation to the Environment Quality Act (R.S.Q. c. Q-2) issued in the GAZETTE OFFICIELLE DU QUÉBEC on November 25, 2009
  • Call2Recycle's letter in response to the Environment Quality Act (R.S.Q. c. Q-2) draft regulation
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General

What is Call2Recycle®?

Call2Recycle® is the only free household battery collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle® has diverted over 39 million kilograms of used household batteries from local landfills and established a network of over 34,000 drop-off locations.

Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle® is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of household batteries. Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a non-profit organization.

How does the program work?

As our world goes wireless, retailers, corporate offices, communities and public agencies are becoming increasingly aware of the need to recycle batteries that power the items used in day-to-day operations and life. More than 34,000 businesses and organizations across Canada and the U.S. understand the need to recycle batteries, and have enrolled in our program to serve as collection sites.

Consumers can collect household batteries that are no longer being used, then visit call2recycle.ca or call 1-866-794-7272 to find a nearby public drop-off location that accepts them free of charge. The collection site ships the batteries at no cost to our recycling partners.

Many corporate offices, healthcare facilities and other businesses or public agencies serve as private Call2Recycle collection sites to collect and recycle the batteries used in their daily operations.

How is the program funded?

The Call2Recycle® program is funded by eco-fees collected in the province by the enterprises that have the regulatory obligation to recycle household batteries. In general they are manufacturers, brand owners and users, and retailers.

Why is recycling household batteries important?

Like newspapers, glass and plastic, batteries can and should be recycled. Consumers use an average of six wireless products – which are powered by batteries – in their day-to-day lives.

Batteries can contain metals that may be harmful to the environment if sent to landfills, but when recycled properly, can be reclaimed and used to make new products. The Call2Recycle® program keeps millions of kilograms of batteries from entering the solid waste stream each year, preserving natural resources and helping to fulfill the mission for a more sustainable earth.

How do I know which types of household batteries can be recycled?

Call2Recycle® accepts all dry-cell household batteries up to 5 kg.

Does Call2Recycle® collect single-use batteries?

Yes, Call2Recycle® accepts single-use batteries in all Canadian provinces.

Does Call2Recycle® collect rechargeable batteries?

Yes, Call2Recycle® accepts rechargeablebatteries in all Canadian provinces.

Why do we need to recycle rechargeable batteries?

Most rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 charges – between two and five years depending on frequency of use, proper handling and charging – but eventually they will no longer hold a full charge and must be replaced. That is when they can and should be recycled.

What happens to the batteries once they are collected?

Once collected, the batteries are sent to our recycling partners located throughout North America. There they are sorted by chemistry and melted down to make new products. Metals that are reclaimed from batteries during the recycling process include:

  • Zinc – Found in alkaline primary batteries.
  • Cadmium – Found in Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries.
  • Cobalt – Found in Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries.
  • Lead – Found in Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries.
  • Nickel – Found in Ni-Cd, Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) batteries.