Call2Recycle’s industry steward program helps battery and product manufacturers fulfill recycling requirements in the U.S. and Canada, including compliance with extensive state, provincial and federal regulations, such as the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Act (The Battery Act).

What are the Benefits?


  • Producer Responsibility: demonstrates your company’s commitment to environmentally-sound recycling of batteries.
  • Simplicity: allows your company to manage regulatory complexities and cost-effectiveness by supporting one program.
  • Liability: serves as a third-party strategy to help reduce your legal risk that results from landfilling, reselling on the black market, or shipping overseas. Call2Recycle meets the highest standards of responsible recycling to ensure batteries are properly managed and recycled, including Responsible Recycling® (R2) certification and e-Stewards recognition by the Basel Action Network (BAN).
  • Reporting: on behalf of its stakeholders, Call2Recycle submits extensive recycling reports to regulatory bodies – including British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec, which require them as part of the regulations.
  • Information: ensures your company remains informed of pertinent updates on regulatory changes, steward responsibilities and fees and collection results.

What batteries do you recycle?

  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)
  • Single-Use batteries, including alkaline and lithium primary (Canada Only)

For more information, visit our Industry Steward Support Center or contact Customer Service at 877.723.1297

Stewards FAQ


What is an industry steward?

Industry stewards are the foundation of the Call2Recycle program. They are the organizations committed to promoting the responsible recycling of electronic products and batteries when they reach their end of life. Their rechargeable batteries and/or battery-powered products display the Call2Recycle Battery Recycling Seal. They provide the financial support for the program.

How do we become an industry steward?

Please submit an Industry Steward Inquiry Form for more information on how to participate.

What are the benefits of being an industry steward?

Industry stewards gain many benefits through their support of the Call2Recycle® program. They are assured that the Call2Recycle collection program meets the compliance requirements of current and future provincial regulations regarding batteries and cellphones. Industry stewards can publicly demonstrate their organizations’ responsibility for the entire lifecycle of their products–from manufacturing to the environmentally-sound recycling of batteries and cellphones. Industry stewards can also place the Call2Recycle Battery Recycling Seal on their rechargeable batteries and associated products. The Seal tells customers that your organization has paid for the proper end-of-life disposal of batteries you introduce to the marketplace. Our Benefits of Being an Industry Steward web page outlines the advantages of becoming a Call2Recycle industry steward.

What is a licensee?

A licensee is a type of industry steward that provides financial support to Call2Recycle for the rights to imprint the Call2Recycle Battery Recycling Seal on its rechargeable batteries, products or packaging. The Seal tells customers that the organization has paid for the proper end-of-life disposal of the batteries it introduced to the marketplace.

Who is Call2Recycle®?

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.

How are you funded?

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.

What is product stewardship?

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.

Who operates Call2Recycle?

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.