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August 2006

 

Over 2 million pounds of rechargeable batteries collected

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 sites.

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 rechargeable batteries.

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 of 2006.”
  • 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 toys.

For more information or to find the nearest participating drop-off location, call 1-877-2-RECYCLE or visit online www.call2recycle.org.


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