“Home Improvement” Star Charges Up Consumers about Rechargeable Battery Recycling

Richard Karn On A Five-City Tour To Help The Environment

GAINESVILLE, September 17, 1998 – Richard Karn, “Al” on the American classic Home Improvement, kicks off a five-city tour in September to educate consumers about the benefit of recycling Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries.

As an official power tool expert (and power tools are powered by rechargeable batteries), Karn acts as spokesperson for the Charge Up to Recycle! program, an international Ni-Cd battery recycling initiative. His five-city tour across the U.S. and Canada is part of a national campaign to inform consumers about what Nickel-Cadmium batteries are, what they power, and that they can be recycled. “People know that they’re supposed to recycle newspaper and soda cans, but people really don’t know that Ni-Cd batteries can and should be recycled,” says Karn. “This is an important program, and I hope I can get people charged up about helping the environment. Plus, it’s so easy to participate in this program.”

The Charge Up to Recycle! program is supported by national retailers and communities who serve as collection sites for used Ni-Cd batteries. Consumers simply call 1-800-8-BATTERY to find the nearest collection site, or they can log onto the Programs’ website at www.rbrc.org.

Karn’s week-long Charge Up to Recycle! Battery Recycling Tour starts in Sacramento, CA on September 21 then continues to Birmingham, AL on September 22, Baltimore, MD on September 23, Paramus, NJ on September 24 and Edmonton, Alberta Canada on September 25. In addition to staged events at local malls in each market, Karn will appear on television and radio promoting rechargeable battery recycling. “This is part of our effort to get communities charged up about battery recycling, and Karn does a great job in that effort,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). “We hope to see an increase in the number of Ni-Cd batteries brought in for recycling with Karn getting this message to the public.”

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Call2Recycle is the industry’s first and only product stewardship program for rechargeable batteries. The nonprofit program is administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. There are more than 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. More than 175 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products show their commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream by funding the Call2Recycle program. In pursuit of its mission, Call2Recycle also collects old cellphones, which are either recycled or refurbished and resold when possible with a portion of the proceeds benefiting select charities. For more information, call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit test.us.call2recycle.org.

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