Simply put, the Call2Recycle program is a free and easy way for earth-conscious folks like yourself to get rid of your old batteries and cellphones. With over twenty years of experience in safely and reliably diverting batteries from landfills, we take care of the hard part. All you have to do is drop off your old batteries and cellphones at one of the 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations across North America.
Here’s how it works
The best way to ensure that batteries aren’t filling our landfills is to make sure they never get there.
According to Earth911, there are about 3 billion batteries purchased per year in the US alone and about 10 billion worldwide. That’s 250 million pounds of batteries in the US that wind up in landfills!
When batteries are improperly disposed of, they end up in the trash where they can be landfilled, potentially releasing toxic chemicals into the surrounding environment.
We are the premier, no-cost used rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program offered with a network of more than 30,000 collection sites throughout North America. Since 1996, environmentally committed people like you have helped us divert more than 75 million pounds (35 million kg) of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream. In 2012 alone, we collected more than 10 million pounds (4.5 million kg) of batteries–a record-breaking year. We bring together consumers, businesses, non-profit groups, retailers, government agencies and the portable battery and electronics industries to find ways to minimize the environmental impact of batteries and associated products at the end of their useful lives.
Major product and battery manufacturers across the globe, called industry stewards, fund our drop-off collection network to ensure that the batteries and cellphones that they introduce into the marketplace are being responsibly recycled when they reach their end of life. These industry stewards are committed to keeping rechargeable batteries and cellphones out of the solid waste stream and recycling them to create new products. You can support participating manufacturers by looking for products featuring the Call2Recycle Battery Recycling Seal.
We are an industry-funded product stewardship program. Product stewardship is a policy of minimizing the environmental impact of products in the marketplace. Product stewardship advocates that organizations look at the whole lifecycle of a product, from development through manufacture and disposal, and ensures that no harm comes to the environment.
The Call2Recycle® program is operated by Call2Recycle, Inc. (formerly the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – RBRC), a not-for-profit organization. RBRC was founded in the mid-1990s by five concerned battery manufacturers as a voluntary, industry-run initiative to keep the heavy metals from rechargeable batteries out of the solid waste stream.
We accept all rechargeable batteries weighing up to 11 lbs. (5 kg) each, including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb). We do not accept automotive or wet-cell batteries.
We accept all cellphones, with or without their batteries.
All our collected batteries are sent to sorters and processors in the U.S. and Canada. These companies sort the batteries by chemistry, and then converted into byproducts that are used to make new products such as batteries, stainless steel alloy and cement additives. Cellphones are refurbished and resold when possible, or recycled, with the proceeds being used to fund the program. You can see how we recycle batteries in this video.