St. Stephen will gladly take your old batteries as we will recycle them through a Certified Recycling Station. Just drop them off at the school (recycling container is located in the front foyer of the school) and we will deliver them once the container is full.
Why do we recycle batteries?
Here are some stats to help you understand the important role that we can play when we divert batteries from the landfill:
1. In 2011, 43% of households with dead batteries dropped off their batteries at a drop-off centre or depot, while 32% of households still put them in the garbage.
2. Batteries are comprised up of 25% steel, which can be 100% recovered for reuse.
3. 60% of alkaline batteries are made up of manganese, potassium and zinc, which can actually be reused in fertilizer as a micronutrient.
Over the years, people have begun to participate in battery recycling more often! For the first half of 2015, Call2Recyle reports that about 2.6 million kilograms of batteries (roughly the size of 433 fully grown elephants) were diverted from landfills in Canada and the United States. This progress is substantial especially when considering that at one point in time battery recycling didn’t exist.