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New Mobile App Turns Used Batteries into Funding for Environmental Charities

Stewardship Ontario Challenges Ontarians to Help Reach Goal of 50,000 Batteries Collected before we Turn Back the Clock

TORONTO, October 16, 2012 – As a kick off to Waste Reduction Week , Stewardship Ontario is empowering all Ontarians to make every battery count by encouraging participation in a battery drive to benefit environmental charities in Ontario. Ontarians are encouraged to find their nearest drop-off location using a new mobile app that enables them to record their participation and choose either EcoSpark or Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre as the recipient of a donation. These charities were chosen for their efforts in preserving Ontario’s natural resources and helping to reinforce the positive environmental impact of proper battery disposal.

Stewardship Ontario will donate $0.30 per battery, up to a maximum of $15,000, for drop-offs made before November 4th.

“Ontarians know that switching the clock back an hour means replacing the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and we think this is a perfect time to re-charge our collective thinking on battery recycling,” said Paul Gerard, spokesman for Stewardship Ontario, the private not-for-profit company that runs the Orange Drop program. “Our new mobile app is a win-win for Ontarians, making it easier than ever before to recycle their batteries at one of our over 2,000 locations, protect the environment and help raise money for deserving charities.”

According to a recent poll, nearly all (95 per cent) of Ontarians who currently throw batteries in the trash said they would be somewhat likely to change their ways if it was easier for them to recycle.

During Waste Reduction Week Canadians are encouraged to take action by adopting more environmentally conscious choices, with this year’s theme being “Too Good To Waste”. This certainly holds true for batteries – valuable resources are recovered when they are dropped off for recycling.

To download the app and to find out where to make a drop, visit

Happens to
my Waste?

The Orange Drop program safely manages five materials to end-of-life, diverting harmful substances from landfill and waterways. Many of the materials collected through the Orange Drop Program, such as pressurized containers and batteries are reprocessed, refurbished or reused to make new products—easing the demand for energy and virgin resources.

Event Calendar

Dorset – Ridout Ward Transfer Station
Ridout Ward Transfer Station 21909 Ontario 35 Dorset P0A 1E0 Canada
June 22, 2019 1pm - 5pm

Dwight Transfer Station
Dwight Transfer Station 1020 Oxtongue Rapids Park Road Dwight P0A 1H0 Canada
July 18, 2019 9am - 2pm

Town of Orangeville Operations Center
Town of Orangeville Operations Center 500 C Line Orangeville L9W 4Z3 Canada
October 26th, 2019 8am - 3pm

About Us

The five materials in the Orange Drop program are managed by Stewardship Ontario (batteries & pressurized containers) and Automotive Materials Stewardship (antifreeze, oil containers and oil filters).

Stewardship Ontario and Automotive Materials Stewardship are both not-for-profit organizations funded and governed by the industries that are the brand owners, first importers or franchisors of the products and packaging materials managed under our recycling programs.

At Orange Drop, we strive to find new ways to turn today’s waste into tomorrow’s consumer products.


September Contest: Enter to win Toronto Maple Leafs tickets!
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September 5, 2019 - We’re gearing up for the NHL season with our latest contest. Open to Ontario residents and running from September 5 to 30, 2019, the prize is one pair of two (2) tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game; 1 winner total. To enter, residents need to name the materials in the official contest image that are not accepted in the Orange Drop program. Participants can enter either via the official Facebook contest page or by replying to the contest tweet on Twitter. Visit our Facebook page or Twitter page to find the post. The rules and regulations for the contest are accessible here.