RBRC announces winners of 2007 Recycling Leadership Awards
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC),
a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling used
rechargeable batteries, announced the recipients of its seventh annual
“Recycling Leadership Awards.”
This year’s participants recognized for their exceptional recycling efforts
with RBRC’s Call2Recycle™ program included the City of Los Angeles; COGERNO
(New Brunswick, Canada); Hennepin County (Minnesota); Montgomery County
(Maryland); the City of Austin (Texas); and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune
The awards are divided into regional and national categories with four
United States regional award winners and two national award winners –
one from the United States and one from Canada.
The following groups were nationally recognized participants in the Call2Recycle
City of Los Angeles - Since joining the RBRC program in 2005, the City
of Los Angeles has collected more than 39,000 pounds of rechargeable
batteries through the Call2Recycle program, with more than 15,500 pounds
collected in 2006 alone. The City of Los Angeles Department of General
Services promotes recycling and waste minimization to all city departments,
which encompasses approximately 40,000 employees at more than 400 facilities.
COGERNO (Commission de gestion enviro ressources du Nord-Ouest); Province
of New Brunswick, Canada - Continuous community involvement has helped
COGERNO promote the mission and goals of RBRC in Canada and collect more
than 2,300 pounds of rechargeable batteries since it enrolled in the
program in 2005. The combination of extensive promotion at community
events and workshops, school education and the distribution of collection
containers at convenient locations across the region has enabled COGERNO
to recycle nearly 750 pounds of rechargeable batteries through the RBRC
program in 2006.
The following groups were recognized on a regional level for their participation
in the Call2Recycle program:
Hennepin County Environmental Services; Minneapolis, Minnesota - As RBRC’s
largest community collection program, Hennepin County Environmental Services
has been an important driver in rechargeable battery recycling in Minnesota,
collecting more than 165,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries since 1994.
With more than 22,000 pounds collected in 2006, the efforts of this community
are largely successful due to an extensive public outreach and education
Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste Program; Derwood,
Maryland - The Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste joined Call2Recycle
in 2003 and successfully implemented a rechargeable battery collection
program at the county’s household hazardous waste stations. Collections
totalled 6,300 pounds of rechargeable batteries in 2006.
City of Austin, Household Hazardous Waste Management Program, Department
of Solid Waste Services; Austin, Texas - A Call2Recycle participant since
2004, the Austin Department of Solid Waste Services has collected more
than 13,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries. Collections totalled more
than 2,800 pounds of rechargeable batteries in 2006.
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Environmental Management Division; Camp
Lejeune, North Carolina - Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune’s Environmental
Management division operates a successful rechargeable battery and cell
phone collection program at the base’s hazardous waste facility for naval
departments and base residents, which collected more than 5,300 pounds
of rechargeable batteries in 2006.