British Columbia is leading the way in battery recycling for 2014, marking a 34 per cent increase in collections compared to the same time period in 2013, reports Call2RecycleCanada.
In a June 5, 2014 announcement, the battery stewardship program says Quebec is also recycling more batteries — 16 per cent more than the same period in 2013.
“The greater the variety of collection sites we can offer, be that libraries, retail outlets, fire departments, universities, or other places, the easier it becomes for more people to participate in the program,” says Joe Zenobio, executive director of Call2Recycle Canada. “We applaud the efforts of all Canadians who are accepting their responsibility to ensure batteries are kept out of landfills."
As a whole, Canada is on track to recycling million kilograms of batteries faster than ever in 2014. The country took 9 months in 2012 and 7 months in 2013 to reach the same milestone. The stewardship group estimates that 91 per cent of Canadians now live within 15 kilometres of a public collection site.
These four provinces alone have contributed to 75 per cent of the overall growth in battery recycling:
- British Columbia (34 per cent)
- Manitoba (14 per cent)
- Ontario (17 per cent)
- Quebec (16 per cent).