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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.