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Batteries Program

Resource January 08, 2021

The batteries program was the second material after tires that was transitioned under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. As of July 1, 2020, battery producers are individually accountable and financially responsible for collecting and reusing, refurbishing or recycling their batteries when consumers discard them.

In February 2020, the Ministry approved the regulation for the end-of-life management of batteries. These rules are in effect as of July 1, 2020. There is no obligation for municipal governments to operate a program.

Municipalities that are interested in continuing to provide collection services should contact the Producer Responsibility Organizations (PROs) who will ultimately be responsible for collecting these batteries to determine if mutually agreeable commercial terms be reached. The list of battery PROs is available on the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority’s (RPRA’s) website


Dave Gordon
Senior Advisor, Waste Diversion


Amber Crawford
Senior Advisor