Over 2 million pounds of rechargeable
Atlanta, GA— The Rechargeable Battery Recycling
Corporation (RBRC) announced its collection data for the first six
months of 2006, reporting that a total of 2.4 million pounds of
rechargeable batteries were collected in the United States and Canada
through its Call2Recycle program — an overall 6.4 percent
increase from the same time period in 2005.
RBRC’s successful collection growth is due
largely to the expansion of collection sites through its retailers,
businesses, communities and public agency participation. Since January,
RBRC has experienced a 10 percent increase in participation by adding
4,466 new collection sites to its current roster of over 30,000
In addition, the recently implemented California
“Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006” (A.B. 1125)
now requires California retailers who sell rechargeable batteries
to provide consumers with a free program for returning and recycling
In order to comply with the legislation, a growing
number of retailers and licensees in California have also signed
on to the RBRC program.
The increase in collection numbers can also be
attributed to recent efforts by RBRC including:
- The signing of new retail partners.
- California’s “Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act
- RBRC’s “Green Means Go RECYCLE” Campaign.
As part of its “Green Means Go RECYCLE” campaign,
RBRC encourages NASCAR fans to learn about rechargeable battery
and cell phone recycling with an interactive exhibit. The 53-foot
long modular exhibit and display features a full-size racing simulator
car, an interactive prize wheel where individuals are rewarded
for their recycling knowledge.
The list of wireless products powered by rechargeable
batteries includes numerous communication and music listening devices
(e.g., MP3 players, laptop computers, PDAs, pagers, personal organizers
and cordless or cellular phones), as well as digital cameras, cordless
power tools, camcorders, handheld mini vacuums and remote-controlled
For more information or to find the nearest participating
drop-off location, call 1-877-2-RECYCLE or visit online www.call2recycle.org.