A Time of Change: Call2Recycle Faces New Challenges in the 21st Century

Plante_lead_acid_cellIn 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 train carriages stopped at a station.

Fast forward 40 years to 1899. Swedish scientist Waldemar Junger invented the Nickel Ncadmium (Ni-Cd) battery, which used nickel and cadmium electrodes ...

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RCBC Zeroes in on Waste

Fairmont Chateau Whistler - RCBC storyThe 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 is a great opportunity to catch up with like-minded environmentalists in both public and private sectors. The RCBC has always had the goal to spearhead extended producer ...

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Newalta Sorting Facilities Moving to Hamilton, ON

Newalta_157Call2Recycle’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 collections compared to 2013. The new facility provides more space for sorting operations, as well as the opportunity to upgrade equipment and processes to improve efficiency.

“We applaud ...

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Curbside Recycling: Will Convenience Increase Battery Collections?

Municipalities, waste management companies and recycling processors are joining together to find innovative and convenient ways to expand recycling. Curbside recycling is one area that municipalities are testing to see if recycling increases if curbside is used more. But the questions remain: What should be recycled at the curb and what should be reserved for drop off at recycling centers? What is the magic formula for increasing recycling at the consumer level?

Call2Recycle® research found convenience was a key component of ...

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Bridging the Behavioral Gap for Recycling Success – Environmental Leader

RecycleAllIn the environmental and product stewardship industry, there is a lot of talk about the barriers that stand in the way of really successful recycling in product take-back programs. Physical barriers, like accessibility and product design, present significant and well-documented hurdles. The not-so-tangible, seldom-discussed consumer behavioral barriers present a special challenge to those of us who are in the business of moving people toward more sustainable, environmentally responsible behaviors.

While there ...

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