FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vermont Battery Collection Challenge Launches
MONTPELIER, VT – September 6, 2018 – Call2Recycle, Inc., the appointed battery stewardship program in Vermont, and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources today announced the inaugural Vermont Battery Collection Challengethat will kick-off today and run through December 31, 2018. The challenge seeks to rally Vermont residents to recycle their batteries at drop-off locations, thus diverting them from landfills, lowering the risk for potential safety incidents, and reducing waste collection costs.
According to a survey conducted by Call2Recycle, Inc. in October 2017, while 68 percent of Vermonters are aware household batteries can be recycled, only 53 percent have actually recycled their batteries in the past year. In 2017, there were more than 656,000 pounds of batteries sold in Vermont, but only 135,000 pounds were collected for recycling. The Battery Collection Challenge is intended to help close that gap by raising awareness around battery recycling and encouraging residents to do their part for the environment.
The Battery Collection Challenge is a collaboration with Vermont’s regional solid waste management districts and alliances. The districts and alliances who manage and reduce waste will compete to see which can recycle the most batteries (by volume) per capita through December 31, 2018. Call2Recycle, Inc. helps participating districts and alliances offset costs with a payment for properly collected and recycled batteries. The winning solid waste district or alliance will be announced January 2019 and will receive a trophy prize.
The Call2Recycle® program provides convenient recycling options to Vermont communities at no charge. With more than 200 public drop-off sites throughout the state and 98 percent of Vermonters living within 10 miles of a drop-off location, recycling batteries is easy and gives them a new life. Batteries have precious metals and components that can be reused to produce new products like, pots, pans, golf clubs, sunscreen, asphalt, and of course, new batteries.
For more information on the Battery Collection Challenge, drop-off locations and battery recycling in Vermont please visit www.call2recycle.org/vermont.
About Call2Recycle, Inc.
Call2Recycle, Inc., is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cell phones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. Visit call2recycle.org.
Pat Heffernan (on behalf of Call2Recycle)
Mia Roethlein, VT Agency of Natural Resources, DEC Solid Waste Program