battery recycling surges in New Jersey
In 2010, New Jersey residents made great strides
toward becoming responsible consumers of wireless technologies
by recycling 22.5 percent more rechargeable batteries than the
previous year. The increase was due in part to the statewide
awareness efforts of the Association of New Jersey Household
Hazardous Waste Coordinators (ANJHHWC), in partnership with Call2Recycle.
At the beginning of the year, the 2 organizations developed a
plan to work with businesses and government agencies across the
state to increase rechargeable battery recycling efforts by 15
percent. Through advertisements, community newsletters, newspaper
articles and meetings with municipal officials, ANJHWWC and Call2Recycle
spread the word about the importance and ease of battery recycling.
New Jersey residents received the message and successfully diverted
more than 110,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries from landfills.
Call2Recycle has a network of more than 1,400 retailers, public
agencies and businesses throughout New Jersey that serve as rechargeable
battery collection sites. The organization accepts all rechargeable
batteries, up to 11 pounds each, used for items including laptops,
cell phones, digital cameras, two-way radios and back-up power