Batteries contain toxic metals including lead, mercury and silver, which can leak into the environment, polluting soil and water. Canadians buy 550 million batteries every year. 90% of them end up in landfills.
Some retailers, such as Mountain Equipment Co-op, Future Shop and Best Buy, have take-back programs. If your retailer does not have such a program, tell the store manager that battery recycling is a priority for you and your family.
- Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
- Watch CBC documentary: Batteries Not Included