Battery Check Week 2003 Encourages Consumers To Take Charge Of Their Wireless Lifestyle and Recycle

Non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation sponsors national call to action April 21 – 25

ATLANTA, April 21, 2003 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, today kicks off its fifth annual Battery Check Week – a national call-to-action to encourage consumers to check the rechargeable batteries that power their cordless products, and if they can no longer hold a charge, to recycle them. The program coincides with Earth Day (April 22) and runs April 21 – 25.

Many people don’t know that the rechargeable batteries that power an ever-growing list of cordless electronics products can and should be recycled when they can no longer hold a charge. These products include cellular and cordless phones, digital cameras, laptop computers, portable DVD and CD players, PDAs, two-way radios, remote control toys, and cordless power tools.

“Battery Check Week is RBRC’s charge to encourage people to recycle whenever they can,” said Ralph Millard, RBRC’s executive vice president. “Earth Day is the perfect time to remind consumers to take charge and recycle their rechargeable batteries. We want people to incorporate ‘If it’s rechargeable, it’s recyclable!’’ into their daily routines and remember to recycle everyday.”

To find a nearby drop off location, consumers can simply log-on to or call 1-800-8-BATTERY, type in their zip code, and they are given a list of participating retailers and community collection sites. There are over 30,000 sites throughout the U.S. and Canada that consumers can access to drop off their used rechargeable batteries. National retailers that participate in the RBRC program include Best Buy, Circuit City, The Home Depot, RadioShack, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and many more. The program is free of charge to consumers.

For more information on RBRC’s battery recycling program, to get tips for charging rechargeable batteries, and to find out where to recycle, consumers can go to or call 1-800-BATTERY.


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