Hard-to-recycle items: Batteries and CDs



Although we don’t always do it perfectly, recycling has become a well entrenched part of our daily lives. Some items that are not accepted in your curbside collection should not, however, end up on a landfill site either. Many organizations recycle items to give them a second lease of life or to manage them responsibly. Let’s see what can be done with batteries and CDs—two items that are easy to stockpile at home or at work with a view to disposing of them properly.



Batteries don’t go in the recycling bin, but they are even less welcome on a landfill site! However, they can be disposed of at marked drop-off points provided by companies, stores and certain organizations.

Why is it important to recycle batteries? Batteries may contain metals such as lead and mercury that are potentially harmful to the environment. When they are recycled, these metals can be used to make new products.

In Quebec, 94% of batteries end up in landfill, representing close to 4,000 tonnes of heavy metals each year. This needs to change!


Collection points

  • Écocentres: Écocentres accept batteries. Identify the one closest to you and find out more about recycling batteries!
  • Call2Recycle: This organization has created the largest battery recycling program in Canada and the U.S. It also recycles cell phones in Canada. Find a recycling location near you. Want to set up a collection point at work or elsewhere? Get started here!
  • Pile pour la vie: This organization recycles batteries as part of fundraising campaigns. Even hockey teams get in on the act—who will collect the most batteries? Check their website for more information.



CDs and DVDs are not currently accepted in curbside collection. But there are options if you want to get rid of them!

  • Music CDs 

If they are still good (we mean the CDs rather than the artists!), give them a second lease of life. Donate them to the Salvation Army, Renaissance or another community organization that collect items. For the past 4 years, a swap meet has been held in Kingsey Falls during the Semaine québécoise de réduction des déchets (October 23 to 25 this year); this is a great place to find a new home for such articles!

  • CDs and DVDs 

If they contain outdated information, are scratched or just have to go, here are a few sites you may find helpful:
Montreal area

Quebec City
Arteau récupération ltée

Clinik électronique


Best Buy (they have collection points in their stores)


meuble_récupérationAT WORK

At Cascades, we have installed a recycling station where employees can bring various items they want to recycle. We collect bread bag clips, aluminum cans, corks, bottle caps, pull tabs, compact fluorescent light bulbs, CDs and batteries. This is really handy for employees and we all think it’s great!


Are there other items that baffle you when it comes to getting rid of them? Tell us! We might write a blog about them!






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About the Author
Anne-Marie Gingras

A Communications Advisor with Cascades since 2011, Anne-Marie now also fulfills the position of Community Manager. She holds a BA in Public Communication from the Université Laval and a Certificate in Marketing from the Université de Trois-Rivières. As Community Manager, she is in constant contact with the public, sharing the company's newest innovations and reporting on its involvement within the communities it calls home. "I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work for a company that is responsible, respectful and transparent. It gives me a great sense of pride! Through social media, we are now able to interact with the population and we value this close contact. Cascades is an organization that encourages creativity and initiative, which allows us to develop in a very stimulating work environment."

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