Nearly 23-thousand kilograms of used batteries – one million altogether – have been kept out of local landfill sites thanks to last week’s special curbside collection in Barrie and across the county. They’ve been sent for processing at a company that separates the various components – 90 per cent of a battery can be recycled. The curbside collection of batteries is an important program to help ensure that batteries are managed properly. Batteries thrown in the garbage can have a negative impact on the environment. As such, the County and the City are reminding residents who missed the 2015 battery collection week that batteries can be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste Facility throughout the year for safe, free recycling. Alternatively, both the County and the City are planning to run the battery collection week again in November 2016. The municipalities encourage residents to save their batteries and watch for the battery bag in the mail publicizing next year’s collection.