Durham residents encouraged to recycle their batteries
Durham Region will be collecting batteries for recycling this week.
Residents are advised they can put used or unwanted batteries out with their blue box.
The region says batteries should never be thrown away, as up to 92 per cent of their components are recyclable and recoverable.
Recycling batteries prevents harmful elements such as mercury, cadmium, and other heavy metals from entering the environment.
Durham residents have diverted more than 200,000 kg of batteries from waste since 2012.
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