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City of Barrie, Simcoe County charged up over battery collection

Batteries and cell phones will now be recycled at the Whitecourt Transfer Station.
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Batteries and cell phones will now be recycled at the Whitecourt Transfer Station. QMI Agency

The County of Simcoe and the City of Barrie are partnering to collect dead batteries at the curb. 

The municipal partners remind residents that battery bags will be arriving in the mail in mid-October and curbside collections will occur Nov. 7-11 in each municipality. 

This is the third year the county has offered this service, and it will be the second year for Barrie.

In 2015, the municipalities collected a combined 22,800 kilograms of batteries, which is equivalent to approximately one million batteries.

Battery bags, with instructions, will be mailed to households in mid-October. 

Disposable battery bags are also available at County of Simcoe and City of Barrie waste management facilities or local municipal/city offices. 

Battery collection will occur during the week of Nov. 7 only and will be collected by the recycling trucks. 

Battery bags must be placed curbside for collection in a visible location beside (not inside) the recycling box on residents’ regularly scheduled collection day. 

The program is for single-use batteries only, including type ‘AAA’, ‘AA’, ‘A’, ‘C’, ‘D’, nine-volt and button batteries commonly used for hearing aids and watches. 

Rechargeable batteries, cellphone and laptop batteries, car, industrial and battery packs are not accepted as part of the program, but may be taken to any county or city household hazardous waste facility for safe, free disposal.

Collected batteries will be consolidated and sent for processing to an Ontario company who separates the various components of the batteries, with approximately 90% of the battery components being recycled.

“Our battery collection week continues to be a huge success as we strive to increase our diversion and keep harmful materials out of landfills,” said Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall. “This is an efficient, convenient and environmentally responsible way to dispose of your used batteries and we’re hopeful we’ll see even greater participation this year.”

“We’re pleased to partner with the county again on this important initiative to protect our landfills and environment,” said Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. “This is a great program that makes it easy for people to dispose of batteries properly, and we hope to build on last year’s success.”

For more information about the single-use battery collection week, contact the county at 705-735-6901 or visit

City of Barrie residents can visit or call 705-739-4219.

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