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County of Simcoe and City of Barrie battery collection week runs November 7-11

Midhurst/October 6, 2022 – It’s time to roundup dead batteries as curbside battery collection returns for County of Simcoe and City of Barrie residents November 7-11, 2022.

This program is vital to protecting the environment by keeping batteries, which contain harmful substances, out of the garbage and landfills. Some batteries may also pose health and safety risks due to leaking or the potential for fire and explosion. 

Battery bags with instructions are being mailed to households in October. Batteries can also be placed in clear, sealed bags. Residents can set out battery bags on their regularly scheduled collection day, during the week of November 7-11. Battery bags must be placed on carts for County of Simcoe collections or in a visible location beside recycling boxes in the City of Barrie.

The program is for single-use batteries only, including type AAA, AA, A, C, D, 9 volt and button batteries commonly used for hearing aids and watches. Rechargeable batteries, cell phone and lap top batteries, car, industrial and battery packs are NOT accepted in the program but may be taken to a municipal household hazardous waste facility for safe, free disposal.

Collected batteries are consolidated and sent for processing to separate the various components, with approximately 90 per cent of the battery components being recycled.

In February, the County was recognized as Call2Recycle’s 2021 Leader in Sustainability, thanks to our resident’s increased participation in the battery recycling program. The County collected 21,842 kilograms of household batteries at its five household hazardous waste depots and 45,535 kilograms during the curbside battery collection week through the Call2Recycle® program during 2021, making it one of the program’s top-performing partners across six different provinces.

In 2021, 12.07 tonnes of single-use batteries were collected through this program in Barrie.

For more information about battery collection week:

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at

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County of Simcoe:
Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
705-734-8386 (mobile)    

City of Barrie:
Scott LaMantia
Senior Communications Advisor
705-739-4220 ext. 4529