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Durham residents encouraged to recycle their batteries

Regina residents are being encouraged to drop off their hazardous waste at the public works yard on select dates this spring, beginning April 26.
Regina residents are being encouraged to drop off their hazardous waste at the public works yard on select dates this spring, beginning April 26. Global News

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.

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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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