Call2Recycle Canada has recycled almost 100 million pounds of batteries since it formed in 1997. | Melnikov Dmitriy/Shutterstock

Call2Recycle Canada recycled nearly 13.2 million pounds of batteries in 2023, its best year yet, the organization recently announced. 

Overall, the battery collection and recycling organization has recycled just under 100 million pounds of batteries since 1997. 

Call2Recycle Canada expanded its battery collection and infrastructure network with over 2,000 added collection sites in 2023, bringing the total to 12,000 collection locations, according to its 2023 Annual Report. It also added 20 new network partners, including transporters, sorters and processors, a 33% increase in sorting and processing capacity. 

Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada, said in a press release that the organization plans to build on its success and “continue leading new innovative recycling technologies and public education efforts, and building up the necessary infrastructure to support ambitious waste diversion goals and targets from coast to coast.” 

“We are more than ever committed to fostering a sustainable circular economy for Canada and contributing to net-zero emissions,” he added. 

Call2Recycle’s battery stewardship plans have been renewed in British Columbia, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. The group is also working on upcoming extended producer responsibility programs in Nova Scotia, which will come online this year, and in Alberta, which will start in 2025.

On July 1, the organization officially launched its “Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!” program in Nova Scotia. 

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