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New battery recycling program coming to Saskatchewan

A new battery recycling program coming to the province is looking to give people a regular drop point for them, while also protecting the environment.

Starting on the first day of the new year, a program operated by Call2Recycle Canada Inc will be setting up shop at locations across Saskatchewan.

The new locations will be set up in areas around the province and will take single-use and rechargeable consumer batteries provided they less than five kilograms each. Lead-acid batteries won’t be accepted, however.

“I would like to extend my thanks to the Government of Saskatchewan for its commitment to battery recycling in the province,” Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. President Joe Zenobio said in a statement. “Under the new regulation, Call2Recycle’s program will connect residents with many easily accessible and convenient battery drop-off locations across the province. We encourage all residents to safely drop off their batteries at their nearest collection location to help create a more sustainable environment for generations to come.”

Working with municipalities and retailers across the province, drop centres will be put in businesses and SARCAN depots. People can find locations to drop them, including in the Lloydminster area, on the Call2Recycle website.

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“We are excited for SARCAN’s 73 collection depots to be a part of Call2Recycle’s national network of battery collection sites,” SARC and SARCAN Recycling Executive Director Amy McNeil added. “Our team of over 800 SARCAN recyclers is ready to help the people of Saskatchewan divert even more hazardous materials from our land and waterways, which means protecting our environment for generations to come.”

A new environmental handling fee will be in place for the recycling program, also starting on January 1st, 2021. Fees will depend on the battery being recycled and it’s chemistry type, with a Triple-A or Double-A battery costing two and four cents to recycle, respectively.

The Saskatchewan Government says Call2Recycle also met all the requirements for this recycling under the 2019 Household Hazardous Waste Products Stewardship Regulations of 2019.

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