Although household batteries comprise only 1% of total waste sent to our municipal landfills, they are responsible for between 50%-70% of all heavy metals found in landfills.


The effects of improper battery disposal are severe. 1mg of mercury is enough to make all fish in a 20 acre lake inedible for a year. For comparison - an average button cell alkaline battery contains almost 11mg of mercury. Despite awareness of the negative environmental effects of sending batteries to the landfill, only 37% of Canadians properly dispose of their batteries.

Municipalities have established battery collection depots for household batteries at the following locations:

Arran-Elderslie - Arran & Chesley landfill sites
Brockton - Municipal Office & Recycling Depot at the MTO Yard in Walkerton
Huron-Kinloss - Huron landfill site, Lucknow Works Shed & Ripley-Huron Works Shed
Kincardine - Kincardine waste management centre, Municipal Office, Ward 3 landfill site
Northern Bruce Peninsula - Municipal office,
Eastnor, Lindsay & St.Edmund's landfill sites
Saugeen Shores - Municipal office, Southampton landfill site, Port Elgin & Southampton Library
South Bruce - Municipal office, Teeswater & Mildmay landfill sites
South Bruce Peninsula - Town Hall, Amabel landfill site, Sauble Beach Community Centre, Bruce County Tourism Office / Wiarton Library

Acceptable batteries include: Single - use batteries (AAAs, AAs, 9-volts, D's & C's) Lithium batteries Button cell batteries

Municipal Diversion Programs

Municipalities offer a variety of waste diversion programs to assist in reducing, reusing and recycling materials. Select your municipality for information on services offered.