Household Hazardous Waste Disposal – Lithium Ion Batteries

May 27, 2024

Public Service Announcement
Household Hazardous Waste Disposal – Lithium Ion Batteries
May 27, 2024 – Iqaluit, Nunavut

The City of Iqaluit would like to remind residents of the importance of the proper disposal methods for lithium ion batteries and electronics containing lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries and electronics containing lithium ion batteries should never be disposed of directly in household garbage. When disposed of directly in household garbage, these batteries can create serious hazards, such as:
  • Fire Risk: If damaged or short-circuited, these batteries can easily catch fire. Disposing of them in household garbage increases the risk of fires in garbage trucks, landfills, and recycling facilities.
  • Environmental Contamination: When lithium-ion batteries end up in landfills, they can leak harmful chemicals into the soil and water supply. This contamination poses serious risks to ecosystems and human health.
  • Hazard to Waste Management Workers: Improper disposal of lithium-ion batteries can pose significant safety risks to waste management workers who might be exposed to fires, explosions, or toxic chemicals.

The City currently provides two safe disposal options for such batteries. Residents can either dispose of them directly at the landfill or at one of the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) disposal events that the City will be hosting, throughout the City, over the course of the summer and fall.

The drop-off points will be set up on the below dates, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM:
  • June 29th at 226 (Elders Qammaq)
  • July 27th at 2804 (AWG arena)
  • August 31st at happy valley (Between houses 411 and 413)
  • September 28th at 621 (Air Base – building 621)
  • October 26th at 621 (Air Base – building 621)

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For additional information, please contact:
Beetanie Eeseemailee

Landfill Foreman | 867.222.2972 | b.eeseemailee@iqaluit.ca

 

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