Since 2008, our Residential Waste and Recycling
Drop-Off Depot in Niagara has been collecting
batteries for recycling. In May 2014, we took a
different approach. We began aligning our
battery collection program with supporting the
needs of the community with Jack Sinke’s
United For Others (UFO) program.
Jack suffered a stroke and was rehabilitated at St. Catharines Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Being touched by the love and dedication of the team at Shaver, he wanted to give back — his idea was recycling. Jack started by engaging youth in his own neighbourhood to collect metal, pop cans and refundable bottles to raise money for the hospital. UFO now collects alkaline batteries in the community to be recycled into fertilizer in partnership with Community Care and the Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Community Care provides the much needed labour to make the collection work and proceeds raised are split 50/50 between the two organizations.
Since we made the switch to this community based program we have collected 875 kg of batteries that support our local community with a total of 1,195 tonnes of batteries diverted in 2014.