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
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Everything Old Is New Again…Energizer Creates New Line of Batteries Made With 4% Recycled Battery Content
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
1800Recycling.com, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
For the latest update regarding The Recycling Council of Ontario’s “Phase 2” producer responsibility regulations, as it applies to rechargeable batteries, Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The latest news on Call2Recycle’s efforts to become the official stewardship program for all consumer batteries in Ontario. Read More
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
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
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 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 is a pioneer in rechargeable battery recycling and was one of the first supporters of Call2Recycle in the mid-1990s. Read More
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
A brief legislative update on battery product stewardship legislation across the U.S. Read More
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. has been a committed Call2Recycle partner – here is their story. Read More
Milwaukee Tool was recently honored with Call2Recycle’s “2012 Leader in Sustainability Award” for their commitment to battery recycling. Read More
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
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
We can’t do it without you – help us with our “fill-osophy”. Read More
On February 28th, the Oregon House Energy and Environment Committee heard testimony regarding HB 2938 – the Oregon Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act. Read More
We appreciate the efforts of all our participants and certain U.S. and Canadian organizations earned special recognition for their environmental commitment Read More
The organization that operates the Call2Recycle program in the U.S. and Canada has officially changed its name. Read More
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Here are more great pics from our participants and their Earth Day celebrations. Enjoy! Read More
Hundreds of families turned out to celebrate Earth Day at the Burbank Recycling Center on Saturday, April 21st. Read More
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 state collections increased 51% over 2010 amounts, totaling to over 169,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries being recycled in 2011. Read More
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
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 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
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.
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 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
9/20/10 – Recycling 1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in less than three months may have sounded impossible when Call2Recycle<sup>®</sup>, North America's only free battery and cell phone collection program, launched its <em>MyCall2Recycle</em> awareness campaign in July.
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
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
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, "Al Borland" of TV's Home Improvement.
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
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 – and become more eco-conscious in the process.
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?
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.
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.
09/17/98 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
07/18/00 – If your cordless phone or portable drill suddenly cuts out, don't blame
the manufacturer. Chances are the rechargeable battery was not properly
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 "Gather Up Your Ni-Cds."
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.
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 – including DVD players, portable CD players,
digital cameras and cordless and cellular phones.
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 – including DVD players, portable CD players,
digital cameras and cordless and cellular phones.
08/29/02 – New year, new books… 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 –
that’s not only a lot of talking, but a lot of juice drained from the
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
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