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

Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s Leading Battery Stewardship Organization, to Administer Free and Convenient Statewide Collection Program

Atlanta – 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 producers-funded U.S. primary (single-use) battery recycling program beginning January 1, 2016, making battery recycling more easy and convenient for residents.

For 21 years, Call2Recycle has voluntarily served the state of Vermont with a free rechargeable battery collection and recycling program.  The new law minimizes consumer confusion, as residents will no longer need to separate out single-use batteries when they recycle.  This program will also help maximize the number of batteries being diverted from landfill.

Building on its current network of nearly 100 drop-off sites within 10 miles of 86 percent of Vermont residents, Call2Recycle will continue to make it easy and convenient to recycle batteries.   At the start of the New Year, Vermont residents will be able to recycle their household batteries (including AA, AAA, C, D, and other single-use battery types) at a wide variety of convenient locations, including retailers, municipalities, libraries, and other frequently visited locations.

Vermont’s Primary Battery Law requires producers of single-use batteries to provide a Stewardship Plan to manage the proper recycling of those batteries sold in Vermont. Numerous battery producers have designated Call2Recycle as its stewardship organization to fulfill its obligations in the state and will be funding the approved plan.

Call2Recycle has led a nationally embraced stewardship program for collecting and recycling batteries and cellphones since 1994.  Last year the organization reached a significant milestone and announced that 100 million pounds of used batteries had been diverted from landfills and responsibly recycled during the past 21 years thanks to their stewardship work.

“Vermont’s battery program marks a pivotal moment in our country’s efforts to reduce the amount of materials in our landfills through responsible recycling,” said Carl Smith, CEO & president of Call2Recycle, Inc. “Call2Recycle is thrilled to be at the forefront of battery stewardship and excited to be applying its expertise to offer a comprehensive battery recycling solution to Vermont residents.”

For more information about Vermont’s Primary Battery Law, visit http://www.anr.state.vt.us/dec/wastediv/HHW/HouseholdBatteries.htm.

About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc.— operating North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers.  Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada.  It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification.  Learn more at call2recycle.org or call2recycle.ca or 877-723-1297.  Follow at facebook.com/call2recycle or twitter.com/call2recycle.

For more information, please contact:
Kelly Mack
Environics Communications
krm@ecius.net
202-296-2002

Linda Gabor
Call2Recycle, Inc.
lgabor@call2recycle.org
(678) 218-1082

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