Over 3 Million Pounds of Rechargeable Batteries Collected in North America

Atlanta, GA - The non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) announced a landmark year for the rechargeable battery recycling industry, collecting nearly 3.4 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada in 2002, an increase of almost 12 percent from 2001.
Rechargeable batteries power an ever-growing list of cordless electronics products, including cellular and cordless phones, digital cameras, laptop computers, portable DVD and CD players, PDAs and cordless power tools.

"The RBRC message— If it's rechargeable, it's recyclable— continues to gain momentum each year," said Ralph Millard, executive vice president, RBRC. "Since 1995, RBRC has recycled a total of over 17 million pounds of rechargeable batteries, which is over 30 million individual batteries. What makes this possible is the participants in the RBRC program— there are more than 30,000 retailers, businesses and communities that serve as collection points for used rechargeables— that's approximately one drop off site for every 10,000 people!"

Highlights from 2002 include:
•The Home Depot named RBRC, along with Black and Decker/DeWalt, its "Environmental Partner of the Year" for their commitment to the environment.

•The National Geographic Society and RBRC formed a partnership to help teach responsible battery disposal by distributing RBRC's battery curriculum to educators connected to the National Geographic Society.

•TELUS Mobility, one of Canada's leading providers of voice, Internet and data services, signed on to RBRC's battery collection program, available in TELUS stores across Canada.

•The Recycling Council of Ontario awarded RBRC its prestigious Waste Minimization Award for non-profits.