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June 2007

Builders recycle rechargeable batteries

According to a recent survey commissioned by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), many builders currently dispose of rechargeable batteries properly, with 44 percent indicating that they recycle the used rechargeable batteries from their power tools when they no longer hold a charge.

The survey also revealed that almost 30 percent of homebuilders surveyed are aware that rechargeable batteries are recyclable, yet do not actively recycle them.

According to the survey, only 35 percent of respondents have company-sponsored recycling programs. Signing up for RBRC’s Call2Recycle program is free, as are the collection boxes, shipment and processing of used rechargeable batteries, so it makes it easy for builders to recycle.

Respondents cited retail store recycling as a frequently identified location for recycling, which makes RBRC’s partnerships with retail outlets so vital in increasing participation.

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