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City of North Bay named a 2023 Leader in Sustainability

North Bay, ON – March 6, 2024 – The City of North Bay is pleased to announce that it has been named by Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. as a 2023 Leader in Sustainability.

The Leader in Sustainability Award is granted each year to organizations that display exceptional commitment to battery recycling. This is the second time in as many years that the City has earned this distinction.

In 2021, North Bay was recognized as one of the program’s top-performing partners for the collection that year of 6,573 kilograms of household batteries. In 2023, the City more than doubled that figure, collecting 13,352 kilograms of batteries, contributing to a record-breaking year at Call2Recycle, which reports that nearly six million kilograms of batteries were diverted from Canadian landfills.

“Each year, Canadians recycle more and more of their used batteries with Call2Recycle thanks to the ongoing partnership of organizations like the City of North Bay. This partnership speaks to a real commitment to sustainability and makes a significant difference,” said Joe Zenobio, President of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “The support we receive from the City of North Bay helps us achieve our mission of maximizing battery diversion from the waste stream, which in turn protects wildlife, the environment and our communities.”

The City of North Bay has been collecting and shipping batteries for recycling through its Household Hazardous Waste Depot on Patton Street for approximately 20 years.

"We're thrilled to be recognized as a sustainability leader, and a big shout-out to our residents for making it happen,” said Coun. Lana Mitchell, Chair of Infrastructure and Operations. “As a City, we remain committed to supporting programs that reduce harm to the environment and increase recycling — thanks for your participation."

About Call2Recycle Canada

Call2Recycle® is Canada’s leading organization for battery collection and recycling, fulfilling product stewardship obligations on behalf of over 400 members, including producers of single-use and rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle powers Recycle Your Batteries, Canada!, its household and e-bike battery collection and recycling program.

The organization operates provincially-approved programs in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. It also functions as a registered Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) in Ontario, adhering to the Ontario Batteries Regulation. It offers collection and recycling services for household batteries (weighing up to 5 kg), as well as e-transport batteries used to power e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, hoverboards, and Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Since its inception in 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 45 million kilograms of batteries from Canadian landfills. It upholds its commitment to operating the highest quality battery recycling program in Canada and holds certification in the most rigorous and globally respected standards, including R2v3, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 9001, as well as exclusively contracting with an ISO 27001 certified supplier for all IT infrastructure management. This reputation for excellence has enabled Call2Recycle to maintain trusted, long-term relationships with stakeholders and establish a network of more than 10,000 participating collection locations across Canada, including at leading retailers and municipal facilities.

City of North Bay named a 2023 Leader in Sustainability
Gord Young
Communications Officer (705) 474-0626 x.2505