Call2Recycle and Greentec expand cooperation in Ontario

Call2Recycle and Greentec have signed an expanded agreement to increase Ontario’s battery sorting capacity.

Under the expanded agreement, Greentec’s facility in Cambridge, Ontario, will provide battery sorting services to Call2Recycle starting May 2024. This will support Call2Recycle’s battery collection and recycling efforts in Ontario, where it serves as the largest registered battery Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO). It will also help reduce the program’s costs and environmental impact and improve efficiency, the organizations say.

In 2023, Call2Recycle’s program saw 58% growth in its collection of used batteries in Ontario. With the addition of Greentec as its third sorting partner in the province, Call2Recycle can ensure that the growing volume of used batteries collected in Ontario is exclusively sorted within the province. This approach helps reduce the transportation of used batteries and related carbon emissions and supports the local economy and provincial waste management ecosystem.   

“This expansion of our partnership with Greentec marks another significant milestone in Call2Recycle’s commitment to further battery recycling capacities in Canada,” said Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada.

“Together, we are not only reducing the environmental footprint and expanding capacity of the battery recycling ecosystem right here in Ontario, but we are also continuing to build upon our strong infrastructure that prioritizes the circular economy across the entire country.”  

Battery recycling diverts used batteries from landfills and recovers their valuable components to be reused. The Call2Recycle program collects and recycles used household batteries up to 5 kg, as well as in new segments including e-transport batteries from e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, hoverboards, and Electric Vehicles (EVs).

“We are thrilled to partner with Call2Recycle and strengthen battery recycling capacities in Canada,” says Tony Perrotta, CEO of Greentec.

“Our commitment to environmental sustainability aligns seamlessly with Call2Recycle’s mission, together our efforts will optimize battery sorting services, reduce environmental impact and contribute to the growth of the circular economy. This collaboration is a testament to our shared dedication to building a greener and more sustainable future for Canada.”

Call2Recycle fulfills product stewardship obligations on behalf of over 400 members, including producers of single-use and rechargeable batteries. Since its inception in 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 45 million kilograms of batteries from Canadian landfills.