Call2Recycle, the free rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program,
today announced a 6.9 percent increase in overall collections in North America
collected 6.1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries for the year.
The rise in battery collections is attributed
to increased efforts of municipalities and major retailers, including The Home
Depot, Apple Computer, RadioShack, Lowe’s, Interstate All Battery Center and
the Canadian home improvement chain RONA. Together, these organizations
collected 20 percent more batteries for recycling in 2009 than in 2008, despite
a lingering recession, Call2Recycle said.
“Despite last year’s lower sales of batteries
and the products that use them, we’re recycling more batteries than ever thanks
to retailers that have embraced their role as environmental stewards,” said
Carl Smith, president and CEO of Rechargeable Battery Recycling, which operates
Call2Recycle. “By using our recycling program to divert millions of pounds of
solid waste from local landfills, businesses and consumers alike are making a
statement that environmental sustainability is a priority, regardless of the
Call2Recycle calls itself the only free
rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since
1994, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 50 million pounds of rechargeable
batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 recycling
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