TRURO – The Municipality of Colchester has given special recognition to some leaders of a local household battery recycling initiative.
The Municipality of Colchester County recently presented a plaque congratulating MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade in Truro and its staff on its successful battery recycling initiative. Pictured, from left, Grace Illsley, MacQuarries’ cashier manager; JP Wood, waste management officer with Colchester County; county Mayor Bob Taylor; and Glenda Rector, MacQuarries’ manager. Submitted photo
Wayne Wamboldt, director of solid waste for Colchester County, recently congratulated the efforts of Grace Illsley and MacQuarries Pharmasave in Truro for collecting household batteries in a cardboard box at the store in 2011. Illsley took on the project for two years previously.
Every year the municipality sees the number of batteries collected growing. Last year with public support, including 26 public and private household battery drop-off locations, 14,220 pounds of batteries were diverted from the local landfill. MacQuarries had collected 2,647 lbs., almost 20 per cent of the total collected.
The municipality has partnered with the Call2Recycle program, which is a product stewardship program providing no-cost battery and cellphone recycling solutions across the Canada and U.S. Call2Recycle recycled more than 11 million pounds of batteries in Canada in 2013 alone.