Used batteries

battery collector As part of its environmental initiatives, Ville de Longueuil has made available to its citizens used batteries collectors in 26 municipal buildings.

Alkaline, rechargeable, lithium and button-type batteries all contain metals such as nickel, cadmium and mercury, which are harmful to the environment and toxic to humans. When thrown into the trash they end up in a landfill and can contaminate soil and groundwater.

To give an idea of the risks posed by contaminants that are contained in batteries, here is an example: one single gram of mercury can contaminate an eight-hectare lake. Mercury from the water can accumulate in fish and enter the food chain. This is a big problem, because mercury is easily absorbed by the skin, tissues and gastrointestinal tract. It can damage the brain, liver and kidneys, causing developmental disabilities in children. Young children and the developing fetus is most vulnerable.

By promoting source separation and diverting this type of hazardous waste from landfills, Ville de Longueuil aims to increase the recovery rate and applies the principle of 4Rs (reduce, reuse, recovery and recycling).

Here is the list of places where batteries collectors are installed:

Greenfield Park

Saint-Hubert

Vieux-Longueuil

Here's a link to find more places to drop off your batteries: Programme Appel à Recycler.

Accepted batteries

AA batteryAlkaline batteries

Alkaline batteries are the most common. They come in AAA, AA, C, D and 9-volt.

AA batteriesRechargeable batteries

Types of rechargeable batteries include nickel-cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), lithium ion (li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA). They are preferred since they can be reused several times.

Button cellsButton-type batteries

These batteries are small and round, silver, and normally used in watches and small electronic devices.

Lithium batteryLithium batteries

AA, C, 9-volt and button-type lithium batteries; used in numerous portable electronic devices.

Secure storage

Batteries should always be stored — dead or still usable — in a dry, secure area out of reach of children and pets. Be very careful with button cell batteries, which are easy to swallow because of their small size.

Fonds Écomunicpalité IGA - Jour de la Terre Québec This project is made possible thanks to a contribution from Fonds Écomunicpalité IGA and Jour de la Terre (Earth Day).