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Why Recycling Is Not Enough

April 20, 2016

Recycling can be seen as the defining strategy to reducing waste and minimizing the environmental impact, however, optimal solutions for waste management are far more subtle and complex. Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, today released: “Shifting the Focus from End-of-Life Recycling to Continuous Product Lifecycles,” a white paper on how embracing the concepts of a circular economy can be a much more powerful way to address the issue of waste. Read More


The Circular Economy among the Key Topics at this Year’s GreenBiz

March 16, 2016

Over 750 industry professionals from the public and private sector descended on Scottsdale for the yearly edition of GreenBiz, which took place on Feb 23 through Feb 25. To learn more about product stewardship and the challenges associated with attaining the Circular Economy join the GreenBiz webcast on April 19. Read More


Consumer Battery Recycling Awareness Increased During the Lead the Charge Campaign

March 15, 2016

This past February, our teams at Call2Recycle joined forces with North American battery collection partners to run a comprehensive and exciting consumer awareness campaign – the Lead the Charge on National Battery Day campaign. Thanks to the tremendous collaboration to … Read More


Libraries Inspire Local Communities to Check in Their Books And Their Batteries

January 20, 2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba, lies roughly 1,500 miles (2,414 km) north of Austin, Texas. But residents of both communities shared a common goal this fall–to recycle their used batteries and cellphones as part of a friendly community competition among their local library … Read More


Hilti: Powering Up Its Battery Recycling Program to New Levels

December 16, 2015

Many of Call2Recycle’s industry stewards come from the construction tool industry where rechargeable batteries power cordless tools ranging from drills to screwdrivers, saws, angle grinders, power hammers and impact wrenches. As the demand for cordless tools steadily increases, so does … Read More


Testimony before the California Select Committee on Waste & Recycling by Call2Recycle, Inc.

November 06, 2015

November 4th, 2015 – Assemblyman Gordon and committee members, good afternoon. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before the Committee. My name is Carl Smith and I’m CEO & President of Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first product stewardship organization and … Read More


New Board Appoinments Signal Growth at National Battery Stewardship Organization

November 05, 2015

Energizer and Spectrum Brands (Rayovac) Join Call2Recycle, Inc. U.S. Board of Directors As Organization Expands into Recycling Single-Use Batteries  Atlanta, U.S. – November 5, 2015 – Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, announced today that … Read More


Special US DOT Permit Granted to Call2Recycle’s Collection Program

October 21, 2015

Call2Recycle works closely with the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to ensure the safe collection and recycling of batteries. In June, the US DOT granted Call2Recycle® a special permit that lifted several restrictions on used battery shipments. The resulting … Read More


Austin Residents Checked Out Books and Checked In Your Batteries!

October 20, 2015

To increase consumer awareness about the importance of battery recycling to the environment, the City of Austin, Texas, and Call2Recycle sponsored the Austin Recharge Challenge from Aug. 17 to Sept. 18. City residents were asked to bring their used single-use … Read More


Vermont Launching Nation’s First Single-Use Battery Recycling Program on January 1

October 20, 2015

The state of Vermont today has approved Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization to implement the first mandated U.S. primary (single-use) battery recycling program beginning January 1, 2016, making battery recycling more easy and convenient for residents. Read More


Battery Recycling Charged Up Across North America

August 06, 2015

Thanks to consumers, retailers, and municipalities, more than 5.7 million pounds (2.6 million kilograms) of batteries – the weight of approximately 433 full-grown elephants – were kept out of U.S. and Canadian landfills and recycled so far this year, reports Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization. Read More


Austin Libraries Vie to Receive a Gift of $1,000

August 01, 2015

Austin Public Libraries raise awareness about the city recycling program and challenge their patrons to recycle as many batteries as possible! Read more. Read More


Call2recycle, Inc. Names Tim Michaels Managing Director of Operations

July 09, 2015

Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, today announced that Tim Michaels has been named managing director of operations. With more than 15 years’ experience, Michaels is known for his expertise for domestic and international work in logistics, process improvement and operations management. Read More


Behind the Scenes: Shipped Used Batteries to Recycle? What Happens Next?

June 09, 2015

While supporting collections through public outreach and the collection and transportation of batteries is a valuable part of industry stewardship, equally important is how Call2Recycle manages the process after the batteries are shipped to a recycling destination. In this article, … Read More


Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Celebrates 15 Years of Battery Recycling

June 09, 2015

A sanitary district might not be the first place you think of when recycling batteries. But the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) holds a special place in recycling circles as one of the few, if not only, government entity … Read More


2014 Annual Report

May 13, 2015

Call2Recycle®, North America’s most successful battery collection program, presents our 2014 annual report. Our 20 years of growth can be traced directly back to the investment of time, money and ideas by our stewards, partners and stakeholders. Read More


Testimony before the House Environmental Regulation Committee On H.B. 3153

May 13, 2015

On May 5, 2015, Call2Recycle, Inc. CEO & President Carl Smith testified at a public hearing before the Texas House Environmental Regulation Committee in support of the Texas House Bill 3153. Read More


Call2Recycle Partners Use Earth Day to Inspire Action!

May 13, 2015

Earth Day or April 22 is one of the most important days of the year for Call2Recycle and its partners. It’s an opportunity for people across the world to stop for a moment to think about how they can make … Read More


“Green Guilt” on the Rise

April 21, 2015

A new national survey commissioned by Call2Recycle, Inc. reports that approximately one-third (34 percent) of U.S. respondents suffer from ‘green guilt,’ or the feeling that they could and should be doing more to help preserve the environment. Read More


Five Ways to Jumpstart Your Battery Recycling Program the Sioux Falls Way

April 20, 2015

As the largest city in South Dakota (SD), Sioux Falls has a long history that dates to Native American tribes that settled near the Big Sioux River. Today, the city is a busy commerce hub populated with Fortune 500 company … Read More


Certifications and Downstream Audit Documents Available to Sites Participating in Call2Recycle®

April 20, 2015

Call2Recycle’s mission is to safely and efficiently collect and transport batteries from over 34,000 collection locations across North America. Our established processor and sorter standards are some of the most rigorous in the world, and we seek third party certification … Read More


New Battery Bills Introduced in California, Connecticut and Texas

March 25, 2015

The 2015 legislative season is upon us! The States of California, Connecticut and Texas have introduced bills specific to battery recycling product stewardship. Call2Recycle is actively tracking these bills and will keep you updated as they progress through the legislative process. For more information, please … Read More


Call2Recycle Recognizes 2014 Leaders in Sustainability

March 25, 2015

It’s that time of the year again! Call2Recycle recently recognized its most active partners in the U.S. and Canada with the 2014 Leaders in Sustainability awards. This will be the fourth year the awards have been distributed in Canada and … Read More


Promote Battery Recycling on Earth Day

March 25, 2015

Are you celebrating Earth Day on April 22 (or Earth Month) in your community, at your job or in your business? Call2Recycle wants to help! Email us information about your event and we’ll post it on an Earth Day events page on our website. Read More


Leading Battery Companies Select Call2Recycle to Manage Nation’s First Single-Use Battery Recycling Program in Vermont

March 24, 2015

Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, has been selected by 11 initial companies to develop, implement and promote a mandated single-use battery recycling program in Vermont. Read More


Four Ways to Put the WOW! Back in Your Municipal Battery Recycling Program

February 24, 2015

During the past two decades, Call2Recycle has worked closely with many municipalities, big and small, to launch and expand battery recycling programs. Based on our 20+ years of experience, we’d like to share with you some of the best practices … Read More


Everything Old Is New Again…Energizer Creates New Line of Batteries Made With 4% Recycled Battery Content

February 24, 2015

Battery experts have long believed it was impossible to create a new battery made with recycled battery material while maintaining performance. That was true…until now, a recent breakthrough has proven otherwise. Earlier this month, Energizer released a new line of … Read More


A Collection Point Conundrum – A Byline Article by Carl Smith in Resource Recycling

February 24, 2015

In an article published in Resource Recycling, Call2Recycle CEO Carl Smith discuss how some product stewardship laws require retailers to take back select products for recycling, although recent research indicates that may be a counterproductive strategy. Read More


Grainger In-Store ‘Take-Back’ Promotion Collects 11,000+ Pounds of Batteries from Customers

January 26, 2015

Global industrial supply company Grainger defines sustainability as ‘doing business the right way.’ Grainger’s recycling efforts stretch far and wide, and include cardboard, plastic, paper, electronics and, of course, batteries. But for the company, recycling goes beyond sustainability. It’s a … Read More


FAQ: An Overview of the Newly Updated U.S. DOT Lithium Standards

January 26, 2015

In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) issued updated standards to the US transportation regulations for lithium batteries. Steve O’Brien, Call2Recycle’s Managing Director of Operations, shares details on the changes and the impact on your organization’s battery recycling program. Read More


North America’s Consumer Battery Collection and Recycling Leader Continues Year-Over-Year Growth

January 20, 2015

Call2Recycle caps 18th straight year of protecting and preserving North America’s environmental footprint Atlanta/Toronto – January 20, 2015 – Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, increased its total weight of material collected in 2014 for … Read More


Lenovo: Why Rechargeable Battery Recycling Makes Business Sense

December 17, 2014

When Lenovo purchased IBM’s PC business in 2005, one of the top orders of business was environmental. The company wanted to make sure its recycling and other sustainability programs continued to be a high priority as it expanded in the … Read More


Call2Recycle Partnerships: 20 Years of Looking to the Future

December 17, 2014

When Call2Recycle, Inc., was founded in 1994, its very existence constituted a first. It was the first organization to collect rechargeable batteries across the US, then Canada. It was one of the first recycling programs to be voluntarily funded by … Read More


100 Million Pounds and Counting: Consumer Battery Recycling Program Hits Historic Milestone

December 08, 2014

In a fitting salute to its 20th anniversary, Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’a first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, today announced that its signature battery and cellphone recycling program has hit a substantial milestone – 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) –diverted from landfills since 1994. This total represents the weight of nearly 33,000 typical hybrid compact vehicles. Read More


Environmental Stewardship Organization Secures Preeminent Sustainability Certification

December 04, 2014

Organizations committed to recycling batteries can remain assured that their collection efforts adhere to thestrictest and most up-to-date standard for environmental safety and social responsibilityby partnering with Call2Recycle, Inc. North America’s most comprehensive consumer battery recycling program announced today that the latest version of the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification, R2:2013, has been issued to Call2Recycle, Inc. Read More


What is a Typical Call2Recycle Collection Site?

November 18, 2014

Call2Recycle has about 34,000 locations where consumers can drop off their batteries to be recycled. But recently we asked the question: What exactly is the ‘typical’ collection site for Call2Recycle? The answer shouldn’t be surprising. There are no ‘typical’ collection … Read More


Future Leaders Share the Recycling Message

November 18, 2014

The next generation will shape our future environmental policies, especially those around recycling. These future leaders search for new ways to blend technology, education and environmental conservation. Throughout our 20 year history, we found many ways to educate, sponsor and … Read More


What happens to your batteries when you recycle them?

September 30, 2014 Partners with Call2Recycle for Enhanced Battery Recycling Efforts

September 23, 2014, an interactive website dedicated to enhancing and democratizing the consumer recycling experience, has announced a new partnership with Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program. As part of the partnership, Call2Recycle and the 1800Recycling team will work to enhance the current battery recycling portion of the 1800Recycling system… Read More



August 21, 2014

ATLANTA – August 21, 2014 – This back to school season, millions of students will head to the classroom carrying new mobile devices containing rechargeable batteries – all of which can be recycled. It is the perfect time of year to educate about proper recycling to protect the environment.

Recent studies show that the average college student owns up to seven devices[i], a number that has skyrocketed in the past five years. This trend is not exclusive to college students: 75 percent of children under the age of eight now carry their own mobile device, including smartphones and tablets[ii]. Read More


Are You a Responsible Rechargeable Battery Owner?

August 20, 2014

8 Tips for Safely Charging & Storing Your Rechargeable Batteries The proliferation of technology has contributed to the number of wireless electronic devices being used at home, work, and play.  As the number of devices grows, so do the number … Read More


Posey Spreads Its Passion for Battery Recycling Around Tampa

August 20, 2014

Founded in 1975, Posey Distributing Company is the oldest, independent battery distributor in the Tampa, Florida area. But Posey isn’t your ordinary neighborhood battery store. Walk in the door and you will experience a company passionate about selling and recycling batteries. The … Read More


Industry Stewards: The Hidden Benefactors of Battery Recycling

August 20, 2014

The Oxford Dictionary defines a steward as ‘a person employed to manage another’s property.’ At Call2Recycle, we define our industry stewards as the battery and product manufacturers that fund the recycling activities of Call2Recycle, including collection and public education. These … Read More


Vancouver Island’s Bottle Depot: Making Recycling Fun

August 20, 2014

As the primary beverage container recycler in Victoria, Bottle Depot is typically awash in bottles and cans. In fact, last year the locally owned and operated company recycled enough beverage containers to fill an ice hockey rink seven-stories high. What’s … Read More


Call2Recycle Wins CPSC’s Bow & Arrow Award for Coalition Building

August 20, 2014

The California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) recognized four companies, including Call2Recycle, for their positive environmental impacts at the organization’s 5th Annual Arrow Awards ceremony, which was held during the California Resource Recovery Association and the Solid Waste Association of North … Read More


The Recycling Council of Ontario’s “Phase 2” producer responsibility regulations: An Update

August 04, 2014

For the latest update regarding The Recycling Council of Ontario’s “Phase 2” producer responsibility regulations, as it applies to rechargeable batteries, Read More


The Call2Recycle Battery Seal Celebrates Its 20th Birthday!

July 22, 2014

Did you realize that one of the most important historical symbols of Call2Recycle is its battery seal? Created in the early days of RBRC (The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation), the forerunner to Call2Recycle, Inc., the seal symbolizes two decades of … Read More


British Columbia Takes the Green Approach

July 22, 2014

Mention the words ‘British Columbia’ (B.C.) and most people have visions of stunning natural beauty, stretching from the western shores of Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies. Working to preserve these natural resources is B.C.’s Ministry of the Environment (B.C. MoE), … Read More


Why First Responder Battery Recycling Programs Are Good for Communities

July 22, 2014

When first responders travel to an emergency, cordless communications and electronic devices are critical to saving time and accurately assessing and communicating the situation. Recycling isn’t a priority like it may be at home or in work environments where travel … Read More


Next-generation Recycling Facility Epitomizes Convenience

July 22, 2014

Peerless Road has been a recycling site for British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) since the 1970s. Since its early days, the Recycling & Waste Management Division of Cowichan Valley has always made the recycling site available to residents … Read More


Call2Recycle Canada Sees Dramatic Growth in Past 17 Years

July 22, 2014

In 2013, Call2Recycle Canada collected 3.7 million pounds (1.7 million kilograms) of batteries–the most batteries collected in one year by the organization.  The company has collected 13.2 million pounds (6 million kilograms)—or the weight of 880 large African elephants—since the … Read More


Battery Industry Leaders Unveil the First Ever Model All Battery Recycling Bill

June 12, 2014

HARTFORD, CT (June 12, 2014) – Four leading battery interest groups – the Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR), the leading battery manufacturers from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association and Call2Recycle, Inc. – yesterday … Read More


A Time of Change: Call2Recycle Faces New Challenges in the 21st Century

June 12, 2014

In 1859, Gaston Planté invented the lead-acid battery–the first version of a ‘rechargeable’ battery. Little did he know that his battery, which used a lead anode and a lead dioxide cathode immersed in sulphuric acid, would launch an industry that extended well beyond powering lights in … Read More


RCBC Zeroes in on Waste

June 12, 2014

The luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains was the backdrop for the Recycling Council of British Columbia’s (RCBC) annual general meeting and conference last month. The event also included RCBC’s annual award ceremony. The event … Read More


Newalta Sorting Facilities Moving to Hamilton, ON

June 12, 2014

Call2Recycle’s Canadian battery-sorting partner Newalta is in the process of re-locating its national sorting operation from Fort Erie to Hamilton, Ontario. This year, Canadians have already recycled more than one million kilograms of batteries, a 26 per cent increase in … Read More


Canadians Recycle One Million Kilograms of Batteries in Just Five Months

June 05, 2014

Provinces of British Columbia and Quebec lead national increase of 26 per cent over 2013 collections TORONTO (June 5, 2014)– Canadians are recycling rechargeable and single-use batteries at a record pace in 2014, achieving a new collections milestone of one … Read More


DEWALT Sponsors Rechargeable Battery Trade-In Event

June 03, 2014

June – Dec 2014: Canadians can earn a ten per cent discount on a new rechargeable power tool battery by recycling used batteries TORONTO (June 2, 2014) – For the next seven months, DEWALT® customers in Canada can earn a … Read More


The 1996 Battery Act: The Fulfillment of a Dream

May 15, 2014

On May 13, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (The Battery Act). This was a major milestone in rechargeable battery recycling. The Act facilitated the recycling of Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Small … Read More


British Columbia Youth Environmentalism Leads by Example

May 15, 2014

Science World offers free entry for elementary and secondary schools in British Columbia to plan, execute and detail an environmental project. Call2Recycle has proudly sponsored Science World for three years, as part of its ongoing efforts to encourage the adoption … Read More


Sponsoring FCM’s Tour de Force

May 15, 2014

During the first week of July, almost 2,000 cyclists will be snaking their way through the French-speaking countryside in a well-known stage-race.  Among them will be Chris Karambatsos, Andrew Rubin, Luc Chayer, and Philip Swain, collectively representing the FCM Recycling … Read More


Shipping Innovation Surging Ahead

February 21, 2014

An article in the recent Winter issue of UPS’ Compass magazine spotlights the innovations developed between the logistics giant and Call2Recycle that allows batteries to be more efficiently collected and delivered for recycling. Read More


Valentine’s Day: Study Reveals Significant Blue/Pink Divide Over Who is More “Green”

February 12, 2014

38% of American and Canadian Respondents Are Not Impressed with Their Sweethearts’ Eco-Literacy While it may be the season to celebrate love, men and women do not always share endearing compliments about their sweethearts when it comes to being “green.” … Read More


Battery Recycling Awareness Campaign Launches in Bellevue & Redmond, Washington

February 04, 2014

An awareness campaign with the support of the both cities, Habitat for Humanity and select local businesses is encouraging local residents to recycle their rechargeable batteries and cellphones. Read More


Ontario Industry Stewardship Plan: Update

January 30, 2014

Call2Recycle Canada presented yesterday our Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO), seeking the opportunity to manage the end-of-life of consumer batteries in the Province. WDO has postponed its decision regarding our ISP. Read More


Call2Recycle Canada’s response to Toronto Star January 20th Editorial

January 22, 2014

Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle, a not for profit, is the most experienced and successful battery stewardship program in Canada. Serving over 1,000 collection sites in Ontario alone, the program is uniquely positioned to increase battery collections. Our Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) was submitted to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to further battery recycling awareness… Read More


Delaware State Waste Authority: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Evolves with the Times

December 05, 2013

Recycling has become more popular as a result of the overarching trend to act “green.” However, long before residential recycling was in vogue, the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) was at the forefront with its residential drop-off recycling centers across the state. Read More


Bulk Shipping Just Got Easier

November 13, 2013

Participants who bulk ship will now have the option to schedule their pick-up with UPS online while using our Bill of Lading (BOL) Wizard Read More


America Recycles Day California Events – Downtown Los Angeles

November 07, 2013

In celebration of America Recycles Day, join L.A. LIVE, Call2Recycle and Waste Management for the fourth annual America Recycles Day recycling event at L.A. LIVE Read More


Ontario Industry Stewardship Plan Update

November 07, 2013

The latest news on Call2Recycle’s efforts to become the official stewardship program for all consumer batteries in Ontario. Read More


Physio-Control Integrates Rechargeable Battery Recycling Into its Culture

November 07, 2013

Physio-Control is a leading manufacturer of professional emergency medical response solutions, where rechargeable batteries are frequently used. They are committed to be being environmental stewards, including the recycling of rechargeable batteries. Learn more in this Sustainability Spotlight. Read More


Call2Recycle Canada Plans Advisory Committee to Identify and Select Key Providers

October 23, 2013

Per its commitment in its Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) submitted to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) for an Ontario consumer battery program, and upon plan approval by WDO, Call2Recycle Canada is planning to establish an advisory committee to oversee selection of … Read More


Interactive Recycling Museum Opens in Delaware

September 03, 2013

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) recently held its grand opening for a new interactive solid waste and recycling education center and museum. Read More


Call2Recycle Receives Recognition for Achievements in Product Stewardship

August 16, 2013

Call2Recycle is the recipient of the 2013 Golden Arrow Award for Overall Excellence in Product Stewardship from the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) Read More


Makita USA: Innovation and Recycling Go Hand-in-Hand

August 14, 2013

Makita is a pioneer in rechargeable battery recycling and was one of the first supporters of Call2Recycle in the mid-1990s. Read More


Call2Recycle Invites Seattle Residents to “Weigh In” on Battery Recycling Day

June 03, 2013

Celebrate with us Seattle’s 2nd Annual Battery Recycling Day at Westlake Park on June 28th – recycle your batteries, receive great giveaways and meet John Curley, Emmy Award-winning former host of King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine! Read More


Battery Legislation Across the United States

May 08, 2013

A brief legislative update on battery product stewardship legislation across the U.S. Read More


Milwaukee Electric Tool: Leading the Way in Sustainability

May 07, 2013

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has been a committed Call2Recycle partner – here is their story. Read More


Milwaukee® Receives 2012 Leader in Sustainability Award

April 22, 2013

Milwaukee Tool was recently honored with Call2Recycle’s “2012 Leader in Sustainability Award” for their commitment to battery recycling. Read More


Make Earth Day Every Day

April 22, 2013

To help promote the importance of battery recycling, we’ve developed images for you to share with colleagues, friends and family. With your support, we can make Earth Day every day. Read More


Promote Battery Recycling This Earth Day

April 02, 2013

To celebrate this Earth Day, Call2Recycle has developed these educational tools to help you promote your environmental commitment through rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling. Read More


Recycling “Fill-osophy”

March 05, 2013

We can’t do it without you – help us with our “fill-osophy”. Read More


Oregon House Hears Testimony on Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act

March 04, 2013

On February 28th, the Oregon House Energy and Environment Committee heard testimony regarding HB 2938 – the Oregon Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act. Read More


Call2Recycle Congratulates “Leaders in Sustainability”

March 04, 2013

We appreciate the efforts of all our participants and certain U.S. and Canadian organizations earned special recognition for their environmental commitment Read More


Call2Recycle Announces Company Name Change

February 05, 2013

The organization that operates the Call2Recycle program in the U.S. and Canada has officially changed its name. Read More


Grainger Gets It Done – a Sustainability Success Story

February 05, 2013

188 Grainger stores participated in the “Fall for Recycling” campaign to collect as many batteries as possible, resulting 12,000 pounds in just three short months. Read More


Commitment Helps Drive Successful Retail Recycling Solutions

January 22, 2013

More than 40 percent of people who recycle rechargeable batteries, among other products, do so at a retail store. They cite convenience and the ability to shop as main reasons for doing so. Read More


Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Issues Updated “Green Guides” – What You Should Know

November 01, 2012

The FTC issued “Green Guides” designed to help marketers ensure that the claims they make about the environmental attributes of their products are truthful and non-deceptive. The FTC first issued its “Green Guides” in 1992 and revised the Guides in 1996 and 1998. The new updates issued in October 2012 take into account more than 5,000 total comments, reflecting a wide range of public input, including consumer and industry comments. Read More


Call2Recycle Responds to Hazardous Materials in Reverse Logistics

October 01, 2012

Call2Recycle recently submitted comments in response to the USDOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Advanced Notification of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) on hazardous materials in reverse logistics, which would affect the transport of used batteries for recycling. Read More


Recharging Battery Product Stewardship – the Case for Legislation

October 01, 2012

Over time, the nature of Call2Recycle’s “voluntary” program has evolved. While 200 committed and loyal manufacturers continue to voluntarily support the program, over 40% of what Call2Recycle now collects is not manufactured by these supporters. As the market migrates to different battery chemistries and the brand owners of these batteries are increasingly moving overseas, the percent of battery brands in the market that have voluntarily supported the program has decreased. Read More


Cellphone Donations Support Veterans

September 25, 2012

Call2Recycle® is proud to have sponsored an historic Habitat for Humanity home build for a disabled war veteran. In September, we teamed up with Northwest Metro Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, to help Vietnam veteran Victor Alvarado and his wife, Myriam, realize their lifetime dream of owning a home. Read More


Bill of Lading Wizard Makes Bulk Shipments Easy

August 06, 2012

There’s exciting news for rechargeable battery collectors who utilize Call2Recycle’s bulk shipping option via our freight partner YRC. A new form on the Call2Recycle website enables you to create a bill of lading (BOL) in five easy steps. Read More


Corporation for Battery Recycling Releases RFP for National Household Battery Recycling Program

July 11, 2012

The four largest US battery companies, under the auspices of the non-profit Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR), recently issued a request for proposal seeking a business partner to steward the collection and recycling of household batteries. Read More


Photo Album: Seattle’s First Battery Recycling Day – June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012

On June 28, 2012, Seattle celebrated its first battery recycling day at the Seattle Center International Fountain. Call2Recycle was joined by KJR personality, DJ Jodi Brothers, Mariner’s Michael Saunders, Senator Sharon Nelson and the citizens of Seattle who came to recycle their rechargeable batteries and enjoy festivities, including a prize wheel. Thank you to everyone who turned out! Read More


Celebrate United Nations World Environment Day on June 5

June 04, 2012

World Environment Day is an annual event that is aimed at being the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action. This year the theme is “Green economy: does it include you?” and Brazil, a country with one of the fastest growing economies in the world, will host World Environment Day 2012. Read More


Seattle Answers Call for First Area-wide Battery Recycling Day

June 04, 2012

Designed to educate consumers and communities on the importance and ease of battery recycling, Call2Recycle® and Mayor Mike McGinn have designated Thursday, June 28, as Battery Recycling Day in Seattle. Area residents and organizations are encouraged to scour their attics, junk drawers, and desks, and bring their rechargeable batteries to the Seattle Center International Fountain for a chance to be rewarded with prizes in addition to doing their part for the environment. Read More


2012 Earth Day Events Photo Album

April 25, 2012

Here are more great pics from our participants and their Earth Day celebrations. Enjoy! Read More


Recycling Fun in the Sun!

April 24, 2012

Hundreds of families turned out to celebrate Earth Day at the Burbank Recycling Center on Saturday, April 21st. Read More


Caption This! Competition Inspires Creativity and Environmental Awareness to Celebrate Earth Day

April 23, 2012

For three weeks in April, Call2Recycle teamed up with Lowe’s to present the Caption This! Competition to encourage environmental awareness in time for Earth Day. Six photos (2 per week) were posted on the Call2Recycle Facebook page and fans enlisted to provide what they felt was the best eco-caption. Read More


2011 Annual Report

April 18, 2012

Never in our history has Call2Recycle® collected more than 7 million pounds (3.45 million kilograms) of rechargeable batteries in a calendar year. In 2011, we did just that!
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Battery Recycling: The Power is Yours

April 06, 2012

We’ve estimated that consumers use an average of six wireless devices in their day-to-day lives. Discover what happens to rechargeable batteries once they need to be replaced in this article by Earth911. Read More


Earth Day 2012 Events

April 02, 2012

Throughout the U.S., communities and organizations are celebrating Earth Day (officially April 22nd). Find out what a few of our participants are doing to pay tribute to Mother Earth. Read More


Call2Recycle Launches Mobile Website

March 27, 2012

According to SEO-Kiwi, an internet marketing site, there are 4 billion mobile phones in the world and an estimated 1.08 billion of them are smartphones. By 2014, mobile internet is predicted to over take desktop internet usage. Read More


Lowe’s and Call2Recycle’s Caption This! Competition

March 22, 2012

Caption This! To raise environmental awareness in celebration of Earth Day, we’re holding a Facebook caption competition. We’d love your support and creativity. Read More


Mascot Moniker Facebook Contest

March 09, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! We are pleased to introduce our new mascot….Volt! Congratulations to Sheila Meyer for her winning entry. Read More


Mascot Moniker Facebook Contest Announced

March 01, 2012

Meet our mascot. We’d tell you his name, but he doesn’t have one yet – that’s where we need your help! From March 5 – 9, we’re holding a Mascot Moniker contest on our Facebook page. Read More


Northeast Recycles Over One Million Pounds of Batteries in 2011

February 27, 2012

The Northeast Recycling Council’s (NERC) member states, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, increased their 2011 collections of rechargeable batteries by 26%, recycling a total of 1,108,840 pounds of rechargeable batteries through their participation in the Call2Recycle program. Read More


New Jersey Charges Ahead with 51% Collection Increase

January 30, 2012

New Jersey state collections increased 51% over 2010 amounts, totaling to over 169,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries being recycled in 2011. Read More


Washington Legislature Considering Bill that Would Divert More Batteries from Landfills

January 25, 2012

UPDATE: Feb. 22, 2012 – Washington Senate Bill 6148 and its companion bill, House Bill 2450 have not made it out of committee and will not be passed this session. The bills were product stewardship legislation that would require rechargeable battery manufacturers to ensure that batteries are diverted from landfills. Read More


Covanta Energy Recycling Campaign Encourages Students

December 31, 2011

During the month of October, Covanta Niagara, a part of Covanta Energy, launched a campaign with one of their Adopt-A-Schools, Geraldine J. Mann Elementary, to recycle rechargeable batteries and cell phones through Covanta’s participation in the Call2Recycle program. Read More


Call2Recycle Continues Sponsorship

December 30, 2011

Call2Recycle is continuing as a sponsor of the Legendary Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge. For over 23 years, the Oldtimers’ Hockey Challenge has been putting NHL legends back on the ice to raise money for charities. All told, they’ve raised over $3 … Read More


Call2Recycle Participates in U.S. Battery Recycling Summit

April 07, 2011

As new gadgets, personal electronics and tech-toys infiltrate the market on a daily basis, consumers are rushing to replace their existing products and upgrade to the latest technology.  While many of
these products rely on batteries to provide us with convenience and portability, we are left wondering what happens to these batteries when they die and need to be replaced.
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Call2Recycle Met Its Goal!

November 08, 2010

Call2Recycle® is pleased to announce that it met its goal to collect 1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries and cell phones during the MyCall2Recycle campaign. Below are photos of the national collection drive in support of MyCall2Recycle, where hundreds of people learned more about how and why to recycle, and hundreds of pounds of rechargeable batteries and cell phones were collected to support efforts to reach the 1 million pound goal. Read More


Call2Recycle Has A Green Home

September 30, 2010

Call2Recycle® has been growing steadily, so when it came time to create some extra breathing room, we went green with our new office space. When relocating the headquarters to a more workable space, it was imperative that LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines were followed. Read More


Have You Made Rechargeable Battery Recycling Part of Your Green Routine?

September 20, 2010

9/20/10 – Recycling 1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in less than three months may have sounded impossible when Call2Recycle<sup>&reg;</sup>, North America&#39;s only free battery and cell phone collection program, launched its&nbsp;<em>MyCall2Recycle</em> awareness campaign in July.&nbsp;
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MyCall2Recycle Radio Promotion & TV Spot

September 09, 2010

TV Spot: Radio: Atlanta Collection Drive Chicago Collection Drive Dallas Collection Drive Advertising Schedules: Advertising Schedules


Consolidated Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Program Plan

January 22, 2010

On September 22, 2009, the Minister of the Environment approved the Consolidated Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) Program Plan. It went into effect on July 1, 2010. Minister’s Letter of Approval Who is responsible for running this program? As directed … Read More


Reducing Campus E-Waste Through Product Stewardship Recycling Programs

October 28, 2009

As seen in University Business Magazine  Carl Smith, CEO, Call2Recycle® College campuses are perhaps the most telling evidence of our culture’s love affair with sophisticated technology. It is commonplace to see students tote laptops from the dorm to the classroom … Read More


Battery Check Day Encourages Consumers to Recharge or Recycle

June 18, 2009

04/19/00 – Battery Check Day (April 26) – a national day encouraging consumers to recycle the rechargeable batteries that power cordless products — kicks off on April 25 in New York City with actor Richard Karn, &quot;Al Borland&quot; of TV&#39;s Home Improvement.
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A Simple Way to Be Greener and Reduce Waste this Environment Week: Opt for Rechargeable Batteries

June 18, 2009

06/02/08 – Using rechargeable batteries is a simple step toward a greener lifestyle; so this Environment Week, try using them for the battery-powered devices in your home. Rechargeable
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"Spring Green" Your Home During Environment Week (Canada)!

June 18, 2009

06/05/08 – Happy spring greening! In time for Environment Week, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) provides the following tips to help Canadians spring clean their home &ndash; and become more eco-conscious in the process.
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‘Tis the Season for New Technology

June 18, 2009

01/01/09 – High-tech electronics are hot items on many wish lists this holiday season. The latest cell phones, PDAs, digital cameras, laptops, camcorders, and power tools are among the most coveted portable electronics gifts. But what happens to the rechargeable batteries that power your old devices once the presents are unwrapped and your new tech toys are put to use?
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Survey Shows "Green Guilt" Is Down Sharply

June 18, 2009

04/21/09 – According to an Opinion Research Corporation survey conducted for Call2Recycle, 50 percent fewer Americans admit to suffering from ‘green guilt’ than last year, with just one in ten consumers experiencing guilt over their environmental behavior.
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Summerize Your Tech: Tips to Maximize Battery Life of Essential Summer Electronics

June 18, 2009

05/19/09 – Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial kick-off of the summer season, when Americans will pack their bags and embark upon annual getaways.
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“Home Improvement” Star Charges Up Consumers about Rechargeable Battery Recycling

June 18, 2009

09/17/98 – Richard Karn, &quot;Al&quot; 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.
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Survey Shows Battery Recycling Group on the Right Track

June 18, 2009

11/03/98 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) today released
survey results that show overwhelming support for RBRC’s Nickel-Cadmium
(Ni-Cd) rechargeable battery recycling program, Charge Up to Recycle!, from the companies funding the program.
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RBRC Battery Recycling Program Recognized by Environment Canada

June 18, 2009

12/07/98 – Federal Minister of the Environment, Christine Stewart, has recognized
the efforts of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s (RBRC)
recycling program for used Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries through
RBRC’s inclusion in the EcoAction Network of Environment Canada.
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RBRC Wins National Award from Keep America Beautiful

June 18, 2009

12/07/98 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation’s (RBRC) nationwide
battery recycling program for used Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries has
won First Place in the Keep America Beautiful 1998 National Awards in
the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle category.
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?Battery Check Day? Urges Consumers to Recharge…Or Recycle

June 18, 2009

05/26/99 – When most people think of recycling, they don’t think of Nickel Cadmium
(Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries. A recent survey found that consumers
are throwing their rechargeable batteries away (40%) or leaving them in
the dark recesses of their desk drawers at home or the office – unaware
that Ni-Cd batteries can and should be recycled.
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How Well Do You Know Your Rechargeable Battery? Try These Tips For Better Use

June 18, 2009

07/21/99 – Missing an important call because your cell phone wasn’t properly
charged is a common problem in an increasingly wireless world.
Rechargeable batteries hold the key to our reliance on convenient,
portable products, yet few people understand the basics rules of
recharging rechargeable batteries.
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The Mystery of Recharging Batteries Revealed

June 18, 2009

07/18/00 – If your cordless phone or portable drill suddenly cuts out, don&#39;t blame
the manufacturer. Chances are the rechargeable battery was not properly
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Silver Inkwell Power 2000

June 18, 2009

09/11/00 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), in conjunction
with Thunder Road Productions, has been awarded a Silver Inkwell 2000
Award of Merit by the Washington, DC chapter of the International
Association of Business Communicators (IABC), for the RBRC public
service announcement &quot;Gather Up Your Ni-Cds.&quot;
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Battery Check Day 2001

June 18, 2009

05/26/01 – On April 26 and 27 2001, RBRC and its spokesperson, Richard Karn, commemorated the 3rd annual Battery Check Day with targeted outreach in the midwest.
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No Cost For Communities To Recycle All Rechargeable Batteries

June 18, 2009

10/10/01 – According to a recent study released by the Consumer Electronics
Association, some of the top electronic gifts consumers plan to
purchase this holiday season include a long list of portable
electronics products &ndash; including DVD players, portable CD players,
digital cameras and cordless and cellular phones.
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Maximize Your Gift-Giving Potential This Holiday Season

June 18, 2009

12/21/01 – According to a recent study released by the Consumer Electronics
Association, some of the top electronic gifts consumers plan to
purchase this holiday season include a long list of portable
electronics products &ndash; including DVD players, portable CD players,
digital cameras and cordless and cellular phones.
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Get Started Right This School Year: Think Green!

June 18, 2009

08/29/02 – New year, new books&hellip; new cellphone! According to a recent survey
conducted by Harris Interactive and Telephia, 35 percent of young
adults between the ages of 18-to-24 use more than 500 minutes a month
on their cellphones as compared to 20 percent of all cellphone users &ndash;
that’s not only a lot of talking, but a lot of juice drained from the
phone’s battery!
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All Battery Recycling Pilot Program – RadioShack Stores – Central Arkansas

June 12, 2009

Committed to preserving the environment and improving the lives of the people who live in the communities they serve, RadioShack, in conjunction with Call2Recycle®, will accept all household batteries* for recycling at local Central Arkansas RadioShack store locations. Batteries are … Read More


All Battery Recycling Pilot Program – RadioShack Stores – Middle Tennessee

June 12, 2009

Committed to preserving the environment and improving the lives of the people who live in the communities they serve, RadioShack, in conjunction with Call2Recycle®, will accept all household batteries* for recycling at local Nashville RadioShack store locations. Batteries are the … Read More


Call2Recycle® is a product stewardship program providing no-cost battery and cellphone recycling solutions across the U.S. and Canada. Operated by Call2Recycle, Inc., a 501(c)4 nonprofit public service organization, the program is funded by battery and product manufacturers committed to responsible recycling.