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November 2003

Recycling Awards Given by Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation

Atlanta, GA— The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, announced the recipients of its third annual "Community Recycling Leadership Award." Each year, one community program is awarded the National Leadership Award and three programs receive the Regional Leadership Award.

National Community Reward Recipient

The City of Seattle was presented the National Leadership Award on October 1, 2003, at a luncheon at the new City Hall attended by City of Seattle employees most responsible for recycling.

The City of Seattle has been part of the RBRC community recycling program since 2000. In 2002 they collected a total of 1,371 pounds of rechargeable batteries -- a five percent increase from 2001.

The City of Seattle program receives special recognition for their efforts to educate community members about the importance, and ease, of recycling rechargeable batteries.

Regional Community Award Recipients

Community recycling programs in Sarasota, Florida, Kansas City, Missouri and Westmorland-Alberta were awarded RBRC's Regional Recycling Leadership Awards: Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management, Sarasota, Florida: Sarasota County Hazardous Waste Management has been an RBRC program participant since May 1997, and has had battery recycling drop-off locations throughout the community since April 2000.

Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Management Program, Kansas City, Missouri: Enrolled in the RBRC program since April 2000, the Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Management Program efforts to educate community members and collect used rechargeables have included collecting over 1,500 pounds of rechargeable batteries; operating mobile collection events for electronics products throughout the year and incorporating rechargeable battery drop off boxes at such events.

Westmorland-Alberta Solid Waste Corporation, New Brunswick, Canada is the first community in Canada to enroll in RBRC program. They collected more than 1,400 pounds of rechargeable batteries; encouraged 14 fire departments to enroll in the RBRC Public Agency; designated April 21 as Rechargeable Battery Recycling Day.


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