60% of Canadians put their unloaded batteries in the garbage
A household and environmental survey, conducted in 2005, states that 60% of Canadians dumped their discharged batteries to the garbage. This poses a significant threat to the environment because they contain toxic substances identified in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
According to Environment Canada's PCE study, in 2004, 11,300 tons of batteries were discarded and 323 tons recycled. In 2010, 15,327 tons of batteries were discarded and 650 tons recycled.