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MsChief-Gps_y



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:19 am    Post subject: Battery recycling Reply with quote

I know there is a battery recycling depot in the Lower Mainland as I had the contact info last year but misplaced it....anyone have it?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2007 11:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

I have been trying to locate a battery recycling depo myself so I would be very grateful to finally know where one is. Hopefully somebody else will know.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:27 am    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

I just googled the following phrase and got some good hits...

battery recycling vancouver bc

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MsChief-Gps_y



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

I didn't find googling useful for an actual drop-off address- lots of gerneral info yes but not for finding a recycling depot.
After 1 year of a busy signal I finally got thru to the Recycling Council of BC - 604-732-9253 (they just got a new phone system apparently which is why I finally got thru, now they have a "hold" lineup.)
They had address's for different areas but I just took one of the handiest:

Electronics Recycling Canada
#120-13065 84 Ave Sry
604-599-8078

guess I'll be taking a drive on Monday after I call them to verify. There may be a fee involved.

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MaliBooBoo



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 11:55 am    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

When I was down there, I think I noticed that Ikea takes in old batteries to recycle as well. It sort of stuck in my head because I thought it was a good idea for them to be doing that
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MsChief-Gps_y



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Ikea? I'll check that out too. Thanks

I didn't type clearly on last post. BCRC suggested to call the recycling depot first to get any required info first. And that it was free but may now have a surcharge.

Did anyone catch on Global (ch11) on Thursday about the inventor who has made a gadget that does not recharge batteries but Restores them to original condition? One battery can basically (other than physical damage) last forever? The inventor, I missed the beginning of the piece, was called Mavy (spelling?) and he'd dubbed it a "no cost" battery. It works on every singe size of battery.
The battery manufacturers will not like this but I'd sure love to have that gadget and feel guilt free about having power.

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hollyburn



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:03 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Good post. Last time I looked into this there was only that place in Surrey which I haven't checked out. Mountain Equipment Co-op used to take back the same brand that they sell, not sure if they still do. Some businesses & hospitals have recycling for their employees. Maybe if that Surrey option works out we can all bring our batteries to the next event and someone from Surrey could drop them off. I mainly use rechargables but the recycle pile still seems to build up.
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MsChief-Gps_y



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 2:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

I was pressed for time so I didn't take all the area depot info the RCBC had. They had Vancouver locations so maybe a call to them would get you something closer to home.

My rechargeable batts need replacing and I'm also researching to determine which work best these days. I was pleased with the long life and great power useage from the Digipower and Everready's I've been using.
I've been reading that apparently the Quick Chargers aren't as good as the trickle chargers.

There's time when you just have to use regular batteries as backup. And some batteries don't come in rechargables. I can't in all good conscience throw them in the garbage.

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Mr. Wilson and a Mt. Goat



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Call2Recycle, no need to phone anybody though... Rolling Eyes

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HighMaintenance



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Awesome topic! Battery recycling or any recycling! We now have a huge bucket at our school for batteries! I asked the men when they brought it in if it was just for school batteries...they said no...community batteries, personal batteries..it's awesome!!! We are also going to move further try to have everyone recycle their plastics! You just need to see one u tube of the damage in the oceans and you will wash and recycle every bag you own! If you don't have something going on your own..check your local schools and they will most likely be able to take your batteries for you!!! Goodbye acid rain!!!! All plastics can also go to recycling! Please think of the future and the places on the planet that we will never ever be able to fix due to our original lack of knowledge..If you can't find something in your area..then contact me and I will try to find something or take it myself...
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MsChief-Gps_y



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Two items:
When dropping off batteries, ensure any 'rechargeables' are bagged separately and clearly marked as 'rechargeable' as they are recycled differently.

Consider a solar powered watch. I bought one almost 2 years ago and love it. I'll never spend gas, time, money going to buy another watch battery. So I don't spend gas, time, money recycling it either, lol.
I'd wondered how it would hold out over our long dark winters and with long sleeves covering it preventing charging but never had a problem. Whenever I thought of it periodically I'd remove it and place it under a compact fluorescent lamp bulb for a few hours. But it never lost a second of time over the past two winters.

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anakerose



Joined: May 26, 2007
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Location: Kelowna

PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Why not use re-chargables? I run about 12 Duracell and Energizer batteries for our GPS and digital camera. We usually go through 2-4 batteries per caching day (taking LOTS of photos too). Granted they're a bit expensive to start with, but we haven't bought regular batteries in nearly 4 years.
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Chewy_06



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:20 pm    Post subject: Re: Battery recycling Reply with quote

Weve done the same with rechargeables also - have a veritable fleet of AA & AAA low los NiMH batteries now. The great thing about the new ones (like the eneloops) is that they retain their charge well while in storage - which make them useful for low energy draw applications where the NiCd's wouldnt have worked so well.

We typically only buy traditional batteries now when we get caught short (not enough rechargeables on board for three GPSr's etc).
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