Call2Recycle Battery container

Call2Recycle Canada Launches North America’s First ‘Smart’ Battery Recycling Container

Call2Recycle, Canada’s leading battery collection and recycling program, today announced the launch of its innovative smart battery recycling container under its new consumer brand, Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!

What makes these containers smart? They feature remote monitoring capabilities that alerts collection sites to any increases in temperature, mitigating the risk of a thermal event. Sensors in the containers remotely monitor the fill level and notify program managers when a pick-up is required as well. Since they are resuable, the containers reduce the need for the manufacturing, shipping, recycling, and disposing of individual boxes and materials, which in turn reduces waste and the program’s overall environmental footprint.

The new smart battery recycling containers were developed by Call2Recycle in consultation with leading global recycling organizations. They are designed to minimize risk and enhance program safety, operational efficiency, and collection site convenience. The new Recycle Your Batteries, Canada! logo and graphics are employed to improve public education and battery recycling awareness, which will hopefully lead to an increase in critical metals recovered from these batteries contributing to Canada’s circular economy.

Call2Recycle Battery container

“At Call2Recycle, we believe in making battery disposal more responsible, safe, and convenient for Canadians nationwide,” says Jon McQuaid, Vice President, Marketing, Communications, and Innovation for Call2Recycle Canada. “Our new consumer brand, Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!, coupled with the launch of our innovative smart containers, reinforces this commitment. We are excited to welcome Canadians to the new face of battery recycling, where responsibility meets innovation.”

The new smart battery recycling containers will be strategically placed in public locations throughout Canada starting in February, providing greater accessibility for individuals to collect, protect, and drop off their household batteries responsibly and safely. With the prominent inclusion of the “Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!” brand, vibrant design, and a distinctive QR code, Canadians will gain access to safety and program information, creating a more interactive and engaging recycling experience, says Call2Recycle.

Call2Recycle fulfills product stewardship obligations on behalf of over 400 members, including producers of single-use and rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle powers Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!, its household and e-bike battery collection and recycling program. The organization operates provincially approved programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. It also functions as a registered Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in Ontario, adhering to the Ontario Batteries Regulation. It offers collection and recycling services for household batteries (weighing up to 5 kg), as well as e-transport batteries used to power e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, hoverboards, and Electric Vehicles (EVs). 

Since its inception in 1997, Call2Recycle says it has diverted over 45 million kilograms of batteries from Canadian landfills.