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Canadian Battery Association


Phone: (250) 216-3664         Email:

Program Description

  • The Canadian Battery Association is a Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) that is authorized to operate a point-of-sale recovery program for collecting and recycling automotive and industrial lead-acid batteries in Manitoba.
  • The stewardship program was launched on April 1, 2011, operating under the authority of the Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation (MR 16/10) of the Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act.

Why is it Important?

Lead-acid batteries pose no threat to human health when in use, but batteries discarded improperly can have dangerous health and environmental consequences.

If these lead-acid batteries end up in landfills, they can leach chemicals and heavy metals (lead) into soil, groundwater, lakes and streams. When improperly incinerated, batteries release heavy metals into the air; these metals also enter the environment in the ash created during incineration. Unless we recycle used lead-acid batteries certain toxic components pose a potential risk to the environment and human health.

Collection in Manitoba

Lead-acid batteries are collected through two channels: a point of sale recovery program for consumers at various retail locations and a business to business recovery program for industrial and pre-consumer batteries. There is no charge to the consumer for recycling eligible batteries and consumers will be paid for multiple battery shipments if they phone the recycling facility before they drop off the lead-acid batteries.

Eligible Batteries for Consumer Point of Sale Collection Program in Manitoba

Lead-acid batteries range in size from 2 kilograms in small emergency lighting systems to 20 kilograms in an average passenger vehicle to thousands of kilograms in some industrial applications.

Batteries eligible for recycling under the Canadian Battery Association Stewardship Program include: (the small consumer stationary batteries for computers are considered an accessory to electronics recycling):


Type Application Example Weight
(Start, Light, Ignition)
Start vehicles, run lights, auxiliary power etc. Passenger vehicles, Boats, RV’s, Heavy Equipment, commercial trucks 10-50 kgs
Small Sealed Lead-Acid Industrial/Standby Small Power Backup Emergency Lighting, Alarm Systems, Security systems, Panels, Fire Sensors 1-10 kgs
Small Sealed Lead-Acid Motive Powered by electric batteries Wheelchairs, scooters, lawnmowers, watercraft (trolling motors), ATV’s Snowmobiles Less than <10 kgs.
Large Lead Acid Motive Powers electric motorized units Forklifts, pallet jacks, locomotives, some solar applications, etc. Greater than > 500 kgs
Large Lead Acid Stationary/Standby Large Power Supplies/backup power (In event of power failure.) Emergency Systems Backup, i.e.: Telecommunication services back-up, lighting backup. Greater than >300 kgs.


Please note for the recycling of electric vehicle batteries (EVB’s) from Hybrid vehicles, contact the vehicle manufacturer or dealership where the vehicle was purchased. 


To drop off your lead-acid batteries visit CBA’s website: for Consumer Drop Off Sites (go to the “Find a Battery Recycler” tab and enter your town/city for a location nearest you).

Retailers, Businesses & Municipalities

If you are a retailer, business or municipality in Manitoba looking to recycle automotive, motive and stationary lead-acid batteries in Manitoba, please contact The Canadian Battery Association at (250) 216-3664 or by email.

How is the Program Funded?

The program is fully funded through the manufacturers and distributors who sell lead acid batteries into Manitoba.

Have Additional Questions?

Contact the CBA by telephone: (250) 216-3664 or by email.

Related Documents and Links

Have Questions about Recycling in Manitoba?

Call Green Manitoba in Winnipeg (204) 945-3268 outside Winnipeg toll free: 1-866-460-3118 or contact us by email.