PORT COLBORNE, ON, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Over a three-week period
beginning November 4th, close to 300,000 households across Ontario
simultaneously cleaned out their junk drawers and recycled 20,729
kilograms of spent batteries through municipal curbside collection
programs. Batteries are generated in small quantities by most everyone
so the 96% participation rate of Ontario's Blue Box program provides an
ideal platform on which to piggyback the collection of rechargeable and
single-use consumer batteries.
Leading up to November 4th, residents in participating municipalities
were sent clearly marked battery recycling bags to put all their used
household batteries into. Residents then put their bag of batteries out
with their blue box for collection and recycling just after the change
to daylight savings time when they would typically replace the
batteries in their smoke detectors. Several Ontario communities offered
the battery collection as an extension to their curbside blue box
program including the Region of Durham, Centre and South Hastings
County, Prince Edward County, Dufferin County and the City of
Peterborough. Once collected at curbside, the batteries were picked up
and recycled by Raw Materials Company Inc. (RMC) in Port Colborne,
Ontario. "The response from our residents has been fantastic; we're
basically doubling down on diversion. We continue to collect as many
batteries in these two one-week curbside collections as we do all year
at our Hazardous Waste depots" says Craig Bartlett, Manager of Waste
Operations for the Region of Durham. "RMC has made the process very
simple by supporting us with all the necessary equipment and assisting
us with any regulatory and logistical aspects of the program."
Every battery collected is recycled by RMC to the highest environmental
standard achievable in North America. Virtually 100% of each single-use
battery is recovered and over 86% of the materials in those batteries
are upcycled - which means they become feedstock in both biological
systems as agricultural fertilizer and in industrial systems for the
manufacturing of new products. Materials like zinc, manganese,
potassium and steel are recovered and upcycled rather than disposed of
in a landfill or converted into smelter slag and then used as aggregate
replacement - which occurs with single-use battery collection programs
in other provinces. RMC's recycling process sends no materials to
landfill or smelting.
The program is made possible through the Stewardship Ontario Battery
Incentive Program (BIP) that was created on behalf of battery
manufacturers as a means to increase the collection of batteries in the
province of Ontario. Through this program RMC helps fund municipalities
to cover the costs of the curbside battery collection. "Diverting
batteries away from disposal is a joint effort requiring program
financing by battery manufacturers via Stewardship Ontario, the
environmental leadership of Ontario municipalities, the active
participation of residents and RMC's effective battery recycling
process," says Cory Graper of Raw Materials Company Inc.
Additional curbside collections are scheduled for March 2014. Any
Ontario community that operates a curbside recycling program is
eligible to work with RMC under the BIP.
About Raw Materials Company Inc.
Raw Materials Company Inc. is the industry leading battery recycling
company whose process achieves the highest recovery and recycling rate
in North America. RMC was established in 1985 and employs 50 people in
the community of Port Colborne. RMC is an approved transporter and
processor under the Stewardship Ontario Battery Incentive Program.
SOURCE: Raw Materials Company Inc.
For further information:
For more information about RMC visit http://www.rawmaterials.com or contact Cory Graper (email@example.com) at 905-658-1647