RBRC Urges Consumers to Participate in Battery Check Week

Check for Used Rechargeable Batteries and Recycle Them!

ATLANTA, April 21, 2003 —  Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day. In conjunction with Earth Day, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) kicks-off its 4th annual, week-long campaign, “Battery Check Week” – a national call-to-action that encourages consumers to check the rechargeable batteries that power their cordless products, and if they can no longer hold a charge, to recycle them.

Rechargeable batteries are found in many cordless electronic products such as cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, two-way radios, camcorders, cordless vacuums and cordless toothbrushes – just to name a few.

Many consumers may not know that rechargeable batteries are recyclable. And recycling rechargeable batteries is one more way to “be green”. All types of rechargeable batteries found in portable electronic products can be recycled: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb)*. (* weighing less than 2 lbs. or 1 kg.) Since 1995, RBRC has recycled a total of over 17 million pounds of rechargeable batteries, which is over 30 million individual batteries.

Simply bring your used rechargeable batteries to a nearby drop-off location. Consumers can call toll free 1-800-8-BATTERY or go to www.rbrc.org to find a list of locations in their area. Best of all, it’s FREE.

RBRC is a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling.

There are over 30,000 retail and community battery collection locations throughout the U.S. and Canada that participate in RBRC’s battery recycling program Charge Up to Recycle! ®. National U.S. retail stores participating in the program include: Batteries Plus, Best Buy, Black & Decker, Circuit City, The Home Depot, RadioShack, Sears, Target and Wal-Mart.

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About Call2Recycle®
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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