Free Riders: Why You Should Care About “Orphan” Batteries in North America

We spent a few minutes with Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle. Carl is a leading advocate for battery recycling across North America. We spoke to Smith about one of the industry’s biggest issues—free riders.

When it comes to increasing battery recycling rates, what do you think are your biggest challenges so far this year?
There are two challenges that I think about every day. The first is how to continue to make it easy and important for consumers to ...

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Why Call2Recycle Supports All Battery Product Stewardship Legislation

Battery ActCall2Recycle, Inc., recently announced its enthusiastic support of all battery product stewardship legislation recently proposed by PRBA – the Rechargeable Battery Association, the Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). Call2Recycle actively supports industry legislation where it provides clear benefits to this organization’s mission – collecting batteries – and for the stewards supporting this program. We advocate for legislation for the following reasons:

  • Reduce Costs ...
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Call2Recycle Receives Recognition for Achievements in Product Stewardship

Sacramento, CA – August 15, 2013.  Call2Recycle® was one of four California companies honored by the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) during the organization’s 4th Annual Arrow Awards ceremony held in Pasadena’s Langham Huntington Hotel this week at the California Resource Recovery Association’s 37th annual conference. Call2Recycle is the recipient of the 2013 Golden Arrow Award for Overall Excellence in Product Stewardship.

Call2Recycle is North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program. Since ...

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Critical Considerations Can Mean Success or Failure for an EPR Program – Environmental Leader

Success in any industry invariably begets copycats. When a zombie movie dominates the box office, more zombie movies follow. And it’s not limited to just Hollywood. We’ve seen the same thing in public policy.

When some governments realized that privatizing services such as waste management could raise capital, many others followed. But copying success is no guarantee of continued success. There have been many bad zombie films. And there have been many instances where privatizing critical municipal services has resulted ...

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Battery Legislation Across the U.S.

Battery product stewardship legislation has appeared in several states. Here is the latest update on each of those legislative efforts:

Oregon: The Oregon Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act (HB2938) did not pass the House Energy and Environment Committee. Read previous post


Washington: The Washington Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act (HB1364/SB5457), which was supported by the rechargeable battery industry and first introduced in January 2013, did not move out ...

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