Home Depot to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

Atlanta, GA - The Home Depot, a home improvement retailer, and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, has formed a new partnership that integrates RBRC's recycling program into Home Depot stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.

RBRC, along with representatives from Home Depot and DeWALT Industrial Tools, made an official announcement at the National Hardware Show in Chicago in August.

"The Home Depot Power Tool Rechargeable Battery Recycling Program" will recycle all used portable rechargeable batteries - those batteries commonly found in cordless power tools: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH). The program will also recycle Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb) batteries found in other portable electronics products. (*Weighing less than 2 lbs./1kg.)

Supported by rechargeable battery and product manufacturers, RBRC's battery recycling program is unique in industry product stewardship. The Home Depot/RBRC partnership brings together a major retailer, power tool manufacturers and a nonprofit organization to make a difference for the environment. The program will also have a significant impact on the visibility and availability of RBRC's battery recycling program through the Do-It-Yourself retail channel.

"Integrating RBRC's battery recycling program into Home Depot is a big win for the entire rechargeable battery industry," said Ralph Millard, executive vice president, RBRC. "We can think of no better success story than partnering with the leading home improvement retailer to reach our target audience - anyone who uses portable products."

Key to the launch of the Home Depot/RBRC recycling program was DeWALT Industrial Tools. Through DeWALT, RBRC was able to install recycling collection boxes in Home Depot stores. DeWALT will also assist in the implementation of the RBRC program within Home Depot stores, which includes training Home Depot staff and monitoring collection boxes. Other power tool manufacturers supporting the program include Black&Decker, Bosch, Makita, Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Ryobi and Skil. "Recycling rechargeable batteries is a perfect fit with Home Depot's commitment to the environment," said Ron Jarvis, Global Product Manager Environment, Home Depot. "Our customers are already savvy enough to 'do-it-themselves,' and they now have the resources to 'recycle-it-themselves.'"

The RBRC battery collection boxes were placed in participating stores in September.

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