Weyburn's Battery Return Program is an important one to have in the community for a number of reasons, but some Weyburn citizens may have some questions.
"Batteries can be returned to the Weyburn Fire Hall," says Lisa Robertson, Volunteer Firefighter with the Weyburn Fire Department. "Rechargeable batteries and single use batteries weighing less than 5 kilograms, no defective or damaged batteries as well as no car batteries."
The fire department also appreciates if the batteries are separated and bagged when dropped off. Once the batteries are returned they are shipped to speciality processors who extract the useable chemicals and metals. The waste products are safely disposed of according to Responsible Recycling (R2) and Basal Action Network (BAN) standards.
"This program keeps the many toxic chemicals from leeching into the very ground that we require for our food and water needs," says Robertson.
Think of the environment before throwing away old batteries and instead drop them off to be recycled.