The year 2014 marks an important milestone for Call2Recycle. On March 21, 2014, we celebrated our 20th anniversary as the longest continuously running product stewardship program in North America. The past two decades have been a time of growth and change…as the word evolved, so did we.
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To celebrate our 20th Anniversary, we will be featuring some short articles that takes a look back at key events in our history.
Our first story focuses on the founding of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), now called Call2Recycle, Inc. in 1994. A series of events in U.S. history in the 1980s and early 1990s culminated in the formation of RBRC as a voluntary rechargeable battery recycling organization to meet new federal mandates.
Celebrating 20 years of recharging the planet
On May 13, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (The Battery Act). This was a major milestone in rechargeable battery recycling. The Act facilitated the recycling of Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) rechargeable batteries, making a national program possible.
In 1859, Gaston Planté invented the lead-acid battery–the first version of a ‘rechargeable’ battery. Little did he know that his battery, which used a lead anode and a lead dioxide cathode immersed in sulphuric acid, would launch an industry that extended well beyond powering lights in train carriages stopped at a station.
Did you realize that one of the most important historical symbols of Call2Recycle is its battery seal? Created in the early days of RBRC (The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation), the forerunner to Call2Recycle, Inc., the seal symbolizes two decades of safe and responsible recycling of rechargeable batteries across North America.