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Hard-to-recycle items: Batteries and CDs

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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

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

 

CDS AND DVDS

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

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!

If they contain outdated information, are scratched or just have to go, here are a few sites you may find helpful:
Montreal area
ECOSYS CANADA INC.
EXXELL POLYMERS
Computation
TARGRAY TECHNOLOGY INTERNATIONAL INC.

Quebec City
Arteau récupération ltée

Sherbrooke
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!

 

 

 

 

Sources:
http://pilepourlavie.org/recyclage-de-piles/
http://www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/upload/publications/cd-dvd-cass-disq.pdf
http://pilepourlavie.org/recyclage-de-piles/
vieenvert.telequebec.tv/sujets/393/recyclage-cd-dvd
http://www.ztele.com/articles/petit-guide-du-recyclage-techno-piles-cellulaires-et-autres-gadgets-1.47457