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Behind the Scenes: Shipped Used Batteries to Recycle? What Happens Next?

June 09, 2015

While supporting collections through public outreach and the collection and transportation of batteries is a valuable part of industry stewardship, equally important is how Call2Recycle manages the process after the batteries are shipped to a recycling destination. In this article, … Read More

 

Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Celebrates 15 Years of Battery Recycling

June 09, 2015

A sanitary district might not be the first place you think of when recycling batteries. But the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) holds a special place in recycling circles as one of the few, if not only, government entity … Read More

 

Testimony before the House Environmental Regulation Committee On H.B. 3153

May 13, 2015

On May 5, 2015, Call2Recycle, Inc. CEO & President Carl Smith testified at a public hearing before the Texas House Environmental Regulation Committee in support of the Texas House Bill 3153. Read More

 

Call2Recycle Partners Use Earth Day to Inspire Action!

May 13, 2015

Earth Day or April 22 is one of the most important days of the year for Call2Recycle and its partners. It’s an opportunity for people across the world to stop for a moment to think about how they can make … Read More

 

Five Ways to Jumpstart Your Battery Recycling Program the Sioux Falls Way

April 20, 2015

As the largest city in South Dakota (SD), Sioux Falls has a long history that dates to Native American tribes that settled near the Big Sioux River. Today, the city is a busy commerce hub populated with Fortune 500 company … Read More

 

Certifications and Downstream Audit Documents Available to Sites Participating in Call2Recycle®

April 20, 2015

Call2Recycle’s mission is to safely and efficiently collect and transport batteries from over 34,000 collection locations across North America. Our established processor and sorter standards are some of the most rigorous in the world, and we seek third party certification … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Presents to Connecticut Environment Committee

April 06, 2015

Testimony before the Connecticut Environment Committee  By Carl E. Smith, CEO / President, Call2Recycle, Inc. Raised Bill 6957 March 11, 2015 Good morning.  Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today regarding this committee’s consideration of battery product stewardship … Read More

 

New Battery Bills Introduced in California, Connecticut and Texas

March 25, 2015

The 2015 legislative season is upon us! The States of California, Connecticut and Texas have introduced bills specific to battery recycling product stewardship. Call2Recycle is actively tracking these bills and will keep you updated as they progress through the legislative process. For more information, please … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Recognizes 2014 Leaders in Sustainability

March 25, 2015

It’s that time of the year again! Call2Recycle recently recognized its most active partners in the U.S. and Canada with the 2014 Leaders in Sustainability awards. This will be the fourth year the awards have been distributed in Canada and … Read More

 

Promote Battery Recycling on Earth Day

March 25, 2015

Are you celebrating Earth Day on April 22 (or Earth Month) in your community, at your job or in your business? Call2Recycle wants to help! Email us information about your event and we’ll post it on an Earth Day events page on our website. Read More

 

All-Battery Recycling is a Way of Life in Marion County, Oregon

March 25, 2015

Marion County, located just south of Portland with a population of nearly 325,000, is proud of its long history.  It is home to the state capital of Salem. It is the largest producer of agriculture among Oregon’s 36 counties. It … Read More

 

Update: Call2Recycle Initiates Next Phase of RFP from Sorters and Processors

March 25, 2015

As previously communicated, Call2Recycle is seeking sorting and processing service providers for single-use and rechargeable batteries collected in Canada and the United States, through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process. Call2Recycle has initiated the next phase of its procurement process, … Read More

 

Four Ways to Put the WOW! Back in Your Municipal Battery Recycling Program

February 24, 2015

During the past two decades, Call2Recycle has worked closely with many municipalities, big and small, to launch and expand battery recycling programs. Based on our 20+ years of experience, we’d like to share with you some of the best practices … Read More

 

Everything Old Is New Again…Energizer Creates New Line of Batteries Made With 4% Recycled Battery Content

February 24, 2015

Battery experts have long believed it was impossible to create a new battery made with recycled battery material while maintaining performance. That was true…until now, a recent breakthrough has proven otherwise. Earlier this month, Energizer released a new line of … Read More

 

A Collection Point Conundrum – A Byline Article by Carl Smith in Resource Recycling

February 24, 2015

In an article published in Resource Recycling, Call2Recycle CEO Carl Smith discuss how some product stewardship laws require retailers to take back select products for recycling, although recent research indicates that may be a counterproductive strategy. Read More

 

Grainger In-Store ‘Take-Back’ Promotion Collects 11,000+ Pounds of Batteries from Customers

January 26, 2015

Global industrial supply company Grainger defines sustainability as ‘doing business the right way.’ Grainger’s recycling efforts stretch far and wide, and include cardboard, plastic, paper, electronics and, of course, batteries. But for the company, recycling goes beyond sustainability. It’s a … Read More

 

FAQ: An Overview of the Newly Updated U.S. DOT Lithium Standards

January 26, 2015

In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) issued updated standards to the US transportation regulations for lithium batteries. Steve O’Brien, Call2Recycle’s Managing Director of Operations, shares details on the changes and the impact on your organization’s battery recycling program. Read More

 

Lenovo: Why Rechargeable Battery Recycling Makes Business Sense

December 17, 2014

When Lenovo purchased IBM’s PC business in 2005, one of the top orders of business was environmental. The company wanted to make sure its recycling and other sustainability programs continued to be a high priority as it expanded in the … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Partnerships: 20 Years of Looking to the Future

December 17, 2014

When Call2Recycle, Inc., was founded in 1994, its very existence constituted a first. It was the first organization to collect rechargeable batteries across the US, then Canada. It was one of the first recycling programs to be voluntarily funded by … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Seeks Expressions of Interest from Sorters and Processors

November 18, 2014

Call2Recycle recently announced that it will kicked off a process to examine its processors and sorters in 2015. An invitation to submit expressions of interest for battery sorting and processing services was sent Friday, November 7 and interested parties were … Read More

 

What is a Typical Call2Recycle Collection Site?

November 18, 2014

Call2Recycle has about 34,000 locations where consumers can drop off their batteries to be recycled. But recently we asked the question: What exactly is the ‘typical’ collection site for Call2Recycle? The answer shouldn’t be surprising. There are no ‘typical’ collection … Read More

 

Future Leaders Share the Recycling Message

November 18, 2014

The next generation will shape our future environmental policies, especially those around recycling. These future leaders search for new ways to blend technology, education and environmental conservation. Throughout our 20 year history, we found many ways to educate, sponsor and … Read More

 

From Tar-Top to Lithium Batteries: Battery Systems Has Seen It All

November 18, 2014

Battery Systems entered the recycling business in 1955 when the founder Harry Streelman, nicknamed Deadcell Harry, started a small battery rebuilding and recycling business in southern California. His nickname came from his business: picking up dead tar-top batteries from local … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Through the Years: Our Top 5 Favorite Annual Reports

October 24, 2014

As Call2Recycle looks back at its two decades of growth, we realize that our most significant achievement isn’t in the pounds of batteries recycled or the number of collection sites. We are most proud of our contribution in changing the … Read More

 

Best Buy Reaches Goal of Recycling 1 Billion Pounds in 5 Years

October 19, 2014

Five years ago, Best Buy set a goal: recycle one billion pounds of consumer electronics and large appliances by 2014. The company reached its goal six months early. Scott Weislow, senior director of Environmental Services at Best Buy, talks with … Read More

 

Key Learnings from ICBR 2014

October 15, 2014

By Carl Smith, CEO and president, Call2Recycle, Inc. This year’s International Congress for Battery Recycling (ICBR) conference again proved to be an engaging event, providing a number of interesting perspectives and updates about the state-of-affairs in the industry.  I was … Read More

 

Speaking Out for Call2Recycle

September 18, 2014

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘Call2Recycle?’ Batteries? Our branded box? The face of Richard Karn, Guy LaFleur or Danny Seo? Since the very beginning Call2Recycle has relied on popular personalities to draw attention to Call2Recycle’s … Read More

 

Tulsa’s ‘Recycle Michael’

September 18, 2014

In the metro Tulsa area, Michael Patton has earned the nickname “Recycle Michael” for his tireless work in advocating recycling to the local community. Patton is executive director of Tulsa’s Metropolitan Environmental Trust (M.e.t.), a non-profit recycling organization started in … Read More

 

Canadian Defence Research Agency Partners with Call2Recycle to Centralize its Battery Recycling

September 18, 2014

What do a G-suit, motorized wheelchair, Alouette 1 satellite, Black Brant rockets, carbon dioxide lasers, flight data recorders, the Ballard fuel cell membrane and the Bombsniffer have in common? Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC). Over the years, DRDC researchers, sometimes in partnership with … Read More

 

RadioShack Launches Recharge, Recycle, Renew Challenge

September 17, 2014

From Sept. 12-20, two of the US’s premiere tech communities are facing off in a competition to see who can collect and recycle the most rechargeable batteries. Hosted by RadioShack in partnership with Call2Recycle, the Recharge, Recycle, Renew event challenges residents of … Read More

 

Environmental and Sustainability Expert Leo Raudys Joins Call2Recycle

September 17, 2014

Noted environmental and sustainability expert Leo Raudys has joined Call2Recycle, Inc. as vice president of program development. In this newly created role, he will explore opportunities for Call2Recycle to share its product stewardship experience with other industries.  “Our goal is … Read More

 

Are You a Responsible Rechargeable Battery Owner?

August 20, 2014

8 Tips for Safely Charging & Storing Your Rechargeable Batteries The proliferation of technology has contributed to the number of wireless electronic devices being used at home, work, and play.  As the number of devices grows, so do the number … Read More

 

Posey Spreads Its Passion for Battery Recycling Around Tampa

August 20, 2014

Founded in 1975, Posey Distributing Company is the oldest, independent battery distributor in the Tampa, Florida area. But Posey isn’t your ordinary neighborhood battery store. Walk in the door and you will experience a company passionate about selling and recycling batteries. The … Read More

 

Industry Stewards: The Hidden Benefactors of Battery Recycling

August 20, 2014

The Oxford Dictionary defines a steward as ‘a person employed to manage another’s property.’ At Call2Recycle, we define our industry stewards as the battery and product manufacturers that fund the recycling activities of Call2Recycle, including collection and public education. These … Read More

 

Vancouver Island’s Bottle Depot: Making Recycling Fun

August 20, 2014

As the primary beverage container recycler in Victoria, Bottle Depot is typically awash in bottles and cans. In fact, last year the locally owned and operated company recycled enough beverage containers to fill an ice hockey rink seven-stories high. What’s … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Wins CPSC’s Bow & Arrow Award for Coalition Building

August 20, 2014

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) recognized four companies, including Call2Recycle, for their positive environmental impacts at the organization’s 5th Annual Arrow Awards ceremony, which was held during the California Resource Recovery Association and the Solid Waste Association of North … Read More

 

The Call2Recycle Battery Seal Celebrates Its 20th Birthday!

July 22, 2014

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 … Read More

 

British Columbia Takes the Green Approach

July 22, 2014

Mention the words ‘British Columbia’ (B.C.) and most people have visions of stunning natural beauty, stretching from the western shores of Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Working to preserve these natural resources is B.C.’s Ministry of the Environment (B.C. MoE), … Read More

 

Why First Responder Battery Recycling Programs Are Good for Communities

July 22, 2014

When first responders travel to an emergency, cordless communications and electronic devices are critical to saving time and accurately assessing and communicating the situation. Recycling isn’t a priority like it may be at home or in work environments where travel … Read More

 

Next-generation Recycling Facility Epitomizes Convenience

July 22, 2014

Peerless Road has been a recycling site for British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) since the 1970s. Since its early days, the Recycling & Waste Management Division of Cowichan Valley has always made the recycling site available to residents … Read More

 

Call2Recycle Canada Sees Dramatic Growth in Past 17 Years

July 22, 2014

In 2013, Call2Recycle Canada collected 3.7 million pounds (1.7 million kilograms) of batteries–the most batteries collected in one year by the organization.  The company has collected 13.2 million pounds (6 million kilograms)—or the weight of 880 large African elephants—since the … Read More

 

A Time of Change: Call2Recycle Faces New Challenges in the 21st Century

June 12, 2014

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 … Read More

 

RCBC Zeroes in on Waste

June 12, 2014

The luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was the backdrop for the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s (RCBC) annual general meeting and conference last month. The event also included RCBC’s annual award ceremony. The event … Read More

 

Newalta Sorting Facilities Moving to Hamilton, ON

June 12, 2014

Call2Recycle’s Canadian battery-sorting partner Newalta is in the process of re-locating its national sorting operation from Fort Erie to Hamilton, Ontario. This year, Canadians have already recycled more than one million kilograms of batteries, a 26 per cent increase in … Read More

 

Curbside Recycling: Will Convenience Increase Battery Collections?

December 05, 2013

As landfill costs increase and the public consciousness about the benefits of recycling grows, municipalities are looking for ways to increase recycling and make it more convenient for the public. The belief is that more items will be recycled if it is convenient and accessible to people. Therein lies the catch: Will curbside collections increase enough to make the additional cost and time investment worthwhile? Read More

 

Bridging the Behavioral Gap for Recycling Success – Environmental Leader

November 03, 2013

While there are myriad disconnects related to recycling that can be tagged as consumer behavior barriers, most can be grouped into three categories: perceived value, frequency and immediacy of recycling activity, and apathy. Remediating these is the linchpin to diverting increased volumes of recyclables and potentially harmful materials from landfills. Read More

 

Product Design and Collection: Keys to Shaping Sustainability – Environmental Leader

September 24, 2013

In order to continue to make strides in sustainability, manufacturers will need to consider the design of their products – how easily can they be recycled? – and communities will need to investigate the availability and method for collecting products at their end of life – how accessible and convenient is it? By delving deeper to answer these key aspects, we can move toward ‘zero landfill’ options. Read More

 

EPR Programs and the “Power of 3”

September 12, 2013

There are many different types of recycling programs, from those run by municipalities and private organizations to programs managed by product stewardship organizations. Regardless of how a recycling program is managed, who administers or funds it, or where collections take place, success depends not solely on recycling or stewardship, but also on balancing the needs of many stakeholders. Read More

 

Panasonic, Call2Recycle Team for Battery Recycling Initiative – Environmental Leader

September 11, 2013

Under the partnership, Panasonic and Call2Recycle work with Panasonic’s power tools customers to place Call2Recycle’s collection boxes at plant assembly lines to collect used rechargeable batteries from cordless tools. Read More

 

Eco-Fees: Changing ‘Visibility Concerns’ to ‘Visible Change’ – Environmental Leader

August 30, 2013

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs shift the cost for properly disposing of certain items from municipal governments to consumers. These eco-fees have the ability to be a catalyst for behavior change and sustainable product design. Read More

 

Eco-fees: We’re missing the point

August 14, 2013

By focusing on whether an eco-fee is made visible to consumers, policymakers are missing the two strongest benefits of eco-fees: influencing consumer behavior and encouraging greener products. Read More

 

Critical Considerations Can Mean Success or Failure for an EPR Program – Environmental Leader

August 01, 2013

We see copycats all the time. In movies, fashion – and even waste management. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations and policies are becoming more prevalent; however, there are 5 critical considerations that governments and manufacturers must consider before developing policies for a variety of products, including batteries. Read More

 

Sustainability Programs Are Even More Effective through Partnerships – Environmental Leader

June 26, 2013

While there is a lot of talk about manufacturer responsibility in product stewardship, retailers—as the middlemen between manufacturers and consumers—are emerging as a powerful force in environmental stewardship and sustainability Read More

 

Recycling in America: What’s Missing? – Environmental Leader

May 31, 2013

Europeans recycle far more materials at much greater quantities than the U.S. One important attribute: accessibility Read More

 

Important Considerations for Product Stewardship Legislation – Environmental Leader

May 03, 2013

Call2Recycle CEO and President, Carl Smith, recently published an article on Environmental Leader to discuss aspects of product stewardship legislation that must be kept in mind as more and more states consider such laws. Read More

 

Product Stewardship: Working to Minimize the Environmental Impacts of Products

April 08, 2013

You may not know the meaning of “product stewardship” but you play a vital role in it and encouraging positive environmental change. It is up to stewardship organizations to continue awareness and educational efforts to keep the momentum of these movements headed in the right direction. Read More

 

Group Effort – Recycling Today

September 04, 2012

Many U.S. cities are diverting more than 30 percent of their solid waste to recycling. Most communities have the potential to do far more using a variety of approaches. Read More

 

Recharge in the Great Outdoors – Earth911

July 25, 2012

Check out this article from our partner, Earth911, on how we use mobile technology in the great outdoors and what to do with our batteries when they don’t power up anymore. Read More

 

Discarded Cellphones Proliferate – PowerSource Online

July 06, 2012

Proper disposal of wireless devices and the rechargeable batteries that power them is critical. The population is exploding. Not just the human population, but wireless devices. According to CTIA-The Wireless Association®, there are 331.6 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S., which is more than the population. Read More

 

Motivated to Recycle – Waste & Recycling News

May 18, 2012

Multiple surveys tell us that only half of all Americans claim to recycle every day, while 13 percent are willing to admit that they never do. Of those that recycle, their diligence and consistency is unknown. Moving everyone to recycle consistently will not happen quickly. Read More

 

Recycling surveys offer some surprising results – Waste & Recycling News

May 16, 2012

All the media hyperbole around being environmentally conscious might lead one to believe that everyone participates in recycling. While twice as many Americans recycle now as compared with 20 years ago, that is still only 58% who said they did so on a regular basis in 2011, according to a recent survey by GfK Custom Research North America for SC Johnson. Read More

 

Municipalities struggle with hazardous household waste – Waste & Recycling News

May 14, 2012

The U.S. EPA says there are more than 3,000 household hazardous waste (HHW) collection programs in the United States. Some communities provide permanent collection facilities. Others collect HHW on designated days at a central location to ensure safe management and disposal. Read More

 

When to sort the recyclables? – Waste & Recycling News

May 11, 2012

Single-stream recycling collection – combining different types of items such as cans, glass, plastic and paper together – is being credited with impressive volume increases like the 167% jump Westport, Conn., saw over the last nine months. Read More

 

Tips for recyclable collection and take-back programs at retailers – Waste & Recycling News

May 09, 2012

North American consumers have come to expect retailers will accept some used items for recycling that they cannot or should not throw away at home. Things like plastic and paper bags as well as Styrofoam trays and egg cartons can be returned to the grocery store, while hardware stores and home improvement centers take things such as compact fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries. Read More

 

Product Stewardship Must Be a Shared Responsibility – Waste & Recycling News

May 07, 2012

In our previous post we talked about recycling having been around before there was an environmental movement. When your thrifty grandmother saved everything knowing she would find another use for it, she was recycling. Last week’s return-for-deposit glass bottle example is another recycling effort motivated by economics. Read More

 

What is product stewardship? – Waste & Recycling News

May 03, 2012

Some of us are old enough to remember collecting glass bottles for the deposit no matter where in the U.S. we lived. Our recycling efforts, voluntary or imposed, might be interpreted as “product stewardship,” but this emerging concept goes beyond this simplistic view of recycling. Read More

 

Responsible Recycling – Waste & Recycling News

May 01, 2012

Increasing numbers of consumers are recycling their household waste and participating in local curbside pickup efforts. Even more impactful are the swelling numbers of sustainability initiatives by corporations and other organizations that, in addition to their major energy conservation and pollutant containment policies, include proper disposal of waste through recycling.
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Your Room-By-Room Guide to Batteries – Earth911

September 26, 2011

Read the latest feature by our partner, Earth911, on where you can find rechargeable batteries in your home. You may be surprised! Read More

 

Taking It Back – Resource Recycling

September 24, 2011

How does product stewardship fit in with the larger world of recycling? Where does the leadership to guide increased collection of managed materials come from? Our CEO, Carl Smith, covers these questions and more. Read More

 

Product Stewardship: Beyond a Tax Source for MHSW Programs – MSW Management

September 22, 2011

Read CEO & President, Carl Smith’s article in the latest edition of “MSW Management” regarding product stewardship as a viable policy option that should be embraced not just by municipalities, but manufacturers.
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Enabling Product Stewardship – Environmental Leader

September 22, 2011

Read CEO & President, Carl Smith’s article in the latest edition of “Environmental Leader” regarding enabling product stewardship through a shared responsibility of industry and government. Read More

 

Call2Recycle® is a product stewardship program providing no-cost battery and cellphone recycling solutions across the U.S. and Canada. Operated by Call2Recycle, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit public service organization, the program is funded by battery and product manufacturers committed to responsible recycling.