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Campus Library recharging the Earth by recycling batteries


University of Ontario Institute (UOIT) students, faculty and staff have a chance to do something positive for the environment while also taking a shot at being part of a Guinness World Record®!

Throughout the winter semester through Tuesday, April 1, all locations of the Campus Library are collecting standard A, AA, AAA, C and D batteries, six-volt, nine-volt, button cells and rechargeable battery packs. All materials will be collected by the Region of Durham for proper disposal.

Recycling batteries helps reduce soil contamination and water pollution as well as reduce health and environmental consequences that can be caused by the heavy metals the batteries contain. Once the batteries are sorted by type and recycled, they are able to recover reusable components. In November 2012 and March 2013, Durham Region collected 39 metric tonnes of household batteries to establish a Guinness World Record® for most batteries collected in a 24-hour period.

The four locations for the battery drop off are:

  • North Oshawa Library: 50 Founders Drive
  • Education Library: 11 Simcoe Street North
  • Social Science Library: 61 Charles Street
  • Durham College Whitby Campus Library: 1610 Champlain Avenue, Whitby

The pilot project, which supports Durham Region’s efforts to set a new record, will continue until April 1.

Questions about the battery recycling campaign should be directed to Dr. Pamela Drayson, Chief Librarian, at 905.721.8668 ext. 2348