Electronics contain environmentally harmful materials such as lead or mercury, that pose significant health risks if they end up in Alberta landfills. However, the metals, glass and plastic in these used products can be recycled into valuable products, including electronics.
Electronic materials that are collected for recycling:
Rechargeable batteries used around the home can be recycled, including batteries used in cordless power tools, cell phones, laptops, digital cameras and toys. The batteries are labeled as Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (PB). The recovered batteries are used to make new batteries and stainless steel products.
There are different disposal requirements for different types of batteries:
- Normal alkaline batteries, AA, AAA, C or D require no special preparation.
- Lithium-ion batteries, 6-volt batteries, and 9-volt batteries should be individually bagged
- Place masking or painters tape over the exposed terminals of 6-volt and 9-volt batteries. Do not cover the composition of the battery.
- Do not store used batteries in a metal container.
Batteries can be recycled at the following locations:
Staples business depot
350-390 Baseline Road, Sherwood Park
Edmonton Eco Station
Ambleside Eco Station
14710 Ellerslie Road SW, Edmonton
Electronics Recycling Association
11404 143 Street, Edmonton
Rechargeable batteries can also be dropped off at Home Depot, London Drugs and Rona Home Centre in Sherwood Park.
For more information on recycling your rechargeable batteries, visit www.rbrc.org