If First Nations, municipalities or other collection site operators want to collect used batteries as a service to customers or residents, they need to ensure their sites are included in a collection network.

Most producers will be working with service providers, such as PROs, processors or haulers to operate their collection networks. First Nations, municipalities, and collection site operators should contact service provider registered with the Authority listed here.

Since producers can reduce their accessibility requirements by providing options such as curbside collection or collection events municipalities and First Nations will also need to contact a PRO if they are interested in providing these services to their residents.

In order for batteries collected from a collection site to count towards a producer’s management requirements, the site must accept batteries free of charge and satisfy the following additional requirements:

  • If the battery collection site is not part of a retail location, it must accept all batteries.
  • If the site is part of a retail location, it must accept (at a minimum) all batteries that are of a similar size, function and category of batteries sold at the location.
  • The site must be readily accessible to the public and operate during normal business hours.
  • The site must accept, at a minimum, up to 15 kg of batteries per day from any person.
  • If the site is not part of a retail location and accepts more than 15 kg of batteries from a person on a single day, the site operator must record the person’s name, contact information, any unique identifier assigned by the Registrar and the weight of batteries accepted.

Haulers, refurbishers or processors who pick up and process used batteries for a PRO or producer, must be registered with the Authority in order for the batteries they transport and process to count towards a producer’s management requirement.

Municipalities with a population of less than 1,000, First Nation sites or Ontario crown sites can contact a producer or a PRO to arrange a pick-up once they collect one tonne of batteries (either rechargeable or single-use). The producer or PRO must collect the batteries within one year from the time the request is made. This requirement does not apply to collection sites operated in the Far North.