Ottawa, Ontario – CAA will hold its ninth annual Great Battery Roundup starting this Sunday in several municipalities in north and east Ontario.

The program, run by CAA North & East Ontario (CAANEO), runs from Sunday, May 29 to Saturday, June 11, 2011, with pickup service and drop-off locations for old batteries. The recycling program is free to all CAA member and the general public.

As with previous years, all proceeds from the Roundup will go to Scout Canada’s tree planting program. The previous two Great Battery Roundup campaigns helped to raise approximately $6,000 for the program.

For pickup in Ottawa and Thunder Bay, call 613-820-1400 or 1-800-CAA-HELP to have batteries picked up at homes or businesses.

Batteries can also be dropped off at the Orleans Travel Store on June 4, the Kanata Travel Store on June 11, and the Thunder Bay Travel Store on June 11, where CAA automotive experts will be on hand to test car batteries for free and answer automotive questions.

To find drop-off locations in Sudbury, Dryden, Timmins, Parry Sound, North Bay, Pembroke, Renfrew and Cornwall, visit CAANEO.

All batteries will be shipped to a recycling facility for processing. CAANEO reminds people to handle batteries safely, by wearing gloves and safety glasses, ensuring the batteries remain upright and in a leak-proof plastic container during transport, and to keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away from batteries.

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