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Single-Use Batteries

Including but not limited to the following types and chemistries:

  • AA, AAA, C, D, 9V, button cell, etc. made of the following chemistries….
    • Alkaline-manganese
    • Lithium
    • Silver oxide
    • Zinc air
    • Zinc carbon

Rechargeable batteries are not part of the Orange Drop Program

Why are Single-Use Batteries in the Orange Drop Program?

Batteries contain valuable commodities that can be effectively recycled, reducing demand for virgin metals. Despite changes to manufacturing processes and product design, some batteries may contain heavy metals and other toxic chemicals that could cause soil contamination and water pollution if the batteries are not disposed of properly.

Find a Drop Site

  • Most municipal transfer stations and depots
  • Thousands of retailers and other businesses and institutions also act as collection sites
  • Use our search tool or check with your municipality for other drop-off locations and events such as Community Environment Days

Do I Need to Take Storage or Transport Precautions?

  • Store in a secure, dry place out of the reach of children and pets
  • Apply tape to the terminals of all lithium batteries

What Happens to my Waste?

All batteries are sorted by type: alkaline, lithium etc. and then recycled for their respective elements, i.e., metal, zinc, manganese etc. 

Do You Recycle Your Used Batteries?

What
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

City of Toronto – Thompson Memorial Park
Thompson Memorial Park 1005 Brimley Road Toronto M1P 3E8 Canada
September 12, 2019 4 - 8 p.m.

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

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.

Blog

July Contest: Answer the Orange Drop trivia question and you could win Toronto Blue Jays tickets
Blog Post

July 5, 2019 - Orange Drop has launched a contest open to Ontario residents, running from July 5 to July 31, 2019. The prize is one pair of two (2) tickets to a Toronto Blue Jays game; 1 winner total. Participants can enter either on Facebook or Twitter. On Facebook, participants must enter the correct answer to the Orange Drop trivia question in the Facebook Contest Form. On Twitter, participants must tweet reply the correct answer to the Orange Drop trivia question Visit our Facebook page or Twitter page to find the post. The rules and regulations for the contest are accessible here.