Battery Check Day 2001

RBRC and Richard Karn hit a homerun on Battery Check Day 2001

ATLANTA,May 26, 2001 — 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.

The theme of Battery Check Day 2001, “Going to Bat for Batteries,” got into the swing of things in a big way. Battery Check Day commenced with a visit to the St. Louis Science Center with local students who recently completed RBRC's Charge Up to Recycle! battery lesson plan. They were quizzed about batteries, electricity and the importance of recycling.

That afternoon, RBRC sponsored a St. Louis Cardinals game (Cardinals vs. the Montreal Expos) at Busch Stadium. Richard Karn threw out the first pitch, high and tight, and shared RBRC's message with more than 40,000 Cardinals fans during a third-inning interview with legendary Cardinals' announcer Jack Buck.

RBRC then brought Battery Check Day to Minneapolis, home of the major league-leading Minnesota Twins and the famous Mall of America. At the Mall of America, Richard Karn and RBRC Executive Vice President Ralph Millard publicly recognized select mall retailers for their participation in the RBRC program.

RBRC sponsored that evenings' game as the Twins took on the Baltimore Orioles. Battery collection sites were set up outside the Metrodome and signs hung throughout the stadium got the RBRC message out to the fans.

Before the game, RBRC had the honor of awarding Minnesota with the first-ever RBRC National Community Leadership Recycling Award – presented to Hennepin County for leading the nation in collecting and recycling rechargeable batteries at the community level.

Richard Karn threw out the first pitch, low and away, and Ralph Millard had the distinction of leading the Countdown to Cooperstown, which honors Twins legend Kirby Puckett as he prepares for his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

To top it all off, Governor Ventura declared April 27, 2001 to be Battery Check Day throughout the state of Minnesota!

Although Battery Check Day is officially held once a year, RBRC likes to think that every day is Battery Check Day. To find out how you can participate in the RBRC battery collection program, call (678) 419-9990 or visit our web site,


About Call2Recycle®
Call2Recycle is the industry’s first and only product
stewardship program for rechargeable batteries. The nonprofit program
is administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
(RBRC), a public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery
recycling. There are more than 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations
throughout the U.S. and Canada. More than 175 manufacturers
and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products show
their commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable
batteries from entering the solid waste stream by funding the
Call2Recycle program. In pursuit of its mission, Call2Recycle also
collects old cellphones, which are either recycled or refurbished and
resold when possible with a portion of the proceeds benefiting select
charities. For more information, call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit

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