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Interstate Battey System of Canada Inc.


Phone: (204) 694-2999     Email:  


Program Description

  • Interstate Battery System of Canada (IBSC) is the Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) established to operate the Lead Acid Battery Collection Program in Manitoba. The IBSC stewardship program provides point of sale recovery locations for automotive, motive and stationary lead acid batteries (LABs).
  • The Lead Acid Battery Collection Program operates under the Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation (R16/10) of the Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act to collect Lead Acid Batteries from consumers.
  • Batteries are collected through two channels: A point of sale recovery program for consumers at various locations in Manitoba and a business to business recovery program for commercial and pre-consumer batteries. There is no charge to the consumer for recycling eligible batteries. Please contact Interstate Batteries at (204) 694-2999 to find a drop-off site near you.

Eligible Batteries for Consumer Point of Sale Collection Program in Manitoba

LABs 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 commercial applications.

The following batteries eligible for recycling under the Interstate Battery Stewardship program include:


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 Consumer Stationary/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, golf carts, 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), contact the vehicle manufacturer or dealership where the vehicle was purchased. (For information on recycling household single use and rechargeable batteries contact Call2Recycle at: 1-888-224-9764)


To get information on the nearest drop off location please visit the IBSC website or call us at (204) 694-2999. There is no charge for recycling.

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 Interstate Battery System of Canada’s Manitoba: Office at (204)-694-2999 or by email.

How is the Program Funded?

The program is funded, in part, through the manufacturers and distributors who sell lead acid batteries into Manitoba. Additionally when consumers purchase a lead acid battery a “core charge” is added.


When replacing an old lead acid battery, a “core credit” is given to the consumer toward the purchase. (There is no cash exchange). There is no additional cost to recycle your lead acid batteries

Related Documents and Links

  • Interstate Battery Systems: Click Here
  • Waste Reduction and Prevention (WRAP) Act: Click Here
  • Household Hazardous Material and Prescribed Material Stewardship Regulation: Click Here
  • Program Guidelines: Click Here
  • Other Manitoba Stewardship Programs: Click Here

Still Have Questions about Recycling in Manitoba?

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