July 25, 2005

PEI launches new service for managing used household batteries

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-In a government-business partnership, Prince Edward Island's Island Waste Management Corporation (IWMC) and participating grocery retailers have introduced a new program for environmentally responsible management of used, non-rechargeable household batteries. The "Re-Store Your Batteries" service provides a convenient means for disposing of non-rechargeable batteries by allowing Islanders and visitors to return alkaline/lithium batteries (D, C, AA, AAA, 9-volt, 12-volt, etc) as well as button-type batteries (such as those found in watches and hearing aids) at no charge. Nearly two dozen PEI grocery stores are participating in the Re-Store Your Batteries initiative, including Atlantic Superstore, Sobeys, Co-op, Price Choppers and Save Easy. IWMC, a provincial Crown agency, is responsible for managing and administering solid waste management services throughout PEI. This includes the Waste Watch program, Canada's only province-wide source separation waste management system. Since it went province-wide in 2002, Waste Watch has diverted nearly 600 million pounds of organic and recyclable from Island landfills. This has offered significant protection to PEI's groundwater supply and helped make the province a national leader in responsible environmental stewardship practices.

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