Batteries contain a number of metals as well as other compounds that may end up in the environment if they are not properly disposed of. In an effort to prevent toxic substances such as cadmium, mercury, lead and nickel from entering the environment, the Chaleur Regional Service Commission invites its citizens to deposit their batteries at one of the collection depots so that they can be sent on to a specialist contractor for recycling.
At the same time, our citizens can get rid of their compact fluorescent light bulbs (the spiral-shaped, energy-efficient ones) in the appropriate bin. Compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) contain mercury, a toxic heavy metal that can be dangerous to terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, even at very low concentrations. Mercury can accumulate in living organisms, increasing toxicity levels in species such as large predatory fish as well as in birds and mammals that eat fish, including humans. (Environment Canada, 2010). Mercury can have an impact on ecosystems and their biodiversity, but also on human health.
You can drop off your batteries and your CFLs at the following locations:
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If you have questions or comments, please write to info@CSRChaleurRSC.ca or call 725.2402.