Alachua County, Florida Leads Charge to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries
Alachua County, one of the nation's leaders in rechargeable battery recycling, receives RBRC's first annual Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award. (Left to Right): Randy Babcock, RBRC Director of Operations; Marla Prince, RBRC East Recycling Coordinator; Chris Bird, Alachua County Environmental Protection Department Director; Kurt Seaburg, Al. Co. EPD Hazardous Waste Coordinator; John Mousa, Al. Co. EPD Pollution Prevention Manager; Ralph Millard, RBRC Executive Vice President; and Jack Price, Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste Environmental Specialist.

Gainesville, FL - Cited for its ongoing and innovative recycling programs, the Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Program received the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation's (RBRC) first annual Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award. The award was announced in July, during the Alachua County Commissioner's meeting and an official award ceremony took place at the Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station in Gainesville.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department was Chris Bird, director; John Mousa, pollution prevention manager; and Kurt Seaburg, hazardous waste coordinator.

RBRC is a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries. RBRC was founded in 1996 and headquartered in Gainesville until 2000, when the company relocated to Atlanta.

Since RBRC's inception, Alachua County has actively participated in RBRC's battery recycling program. Some of the county's initiatives include curbside collection, battery recycling brochures, recycling center tours, participation in the RBRC school curriculum program, public service announcements and mobile collection sites. In 2000, Alachua County collected over 1,200 pounds of rechargeable batteries, making it one of the nation's leaders in rechargeable battery recycling.

"It's great to see communities committed to recycling rechargeable batteries," said Ralph Millard, executive vice president of RBRC. "As the former home of RBRC's headquarters, Alachua County has always been incredibly supportive of the RBRC program, and we couldn't be more pleased to return 'home' to recognize the community for all their hard work."

Rechargeable batteries are found in a variety of portable electronic products, ranging from cellular phones to cordless power tools to laptop computers. As the number of those products increases, so does the amount of batteries used to operate them.

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