General Services Department Recognized for Rechargeable Battery Recycling
LOS ANGELES, May 09, 2008 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries, has recognized the City of Los Angeles’ General Services Department with the 2007 “National Recycling Leadership Award” for its efforts in rechargeable battery recycling. The award was presented on May 9 to Karen Higgins, Manager, City Facilities Recycling Program, General Services Department and to Council Member Jan Perry, Council District 9, and Council Member Greig Smith, Council District 12.
Since joining the RBRC program in 2005, the City of Los Angeles has collected more than 39,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries through the Call2Recycle program, with more than 15,500 pounds collected in 2006 alone. The City of Los Angeles Department of General Services promotes recycling and waste minimization to all city departments, which encompass approximately 40,000 employees at more than 600 facilities through the following initiatives:
- Strategically-placed RBRC collection boxes in the lobbies of select city buildings for employees and the general public to recycle used rechargeable batteries
- RBRC collection boxes available for all City departments using rechargeable batteries
- Centralized collection of all Los Angeles Police and Fire Department rechargeable batteries from radios, cellular telephones, and other equipment, as provided by the City’s Information Technology Agency
- “RecycLetter” newsletter distributed via e-mail to all city departments as well as e-mail memos to the Recycling Coordinator in each department
- RBRC posters prominently displayed in City Hall South and RBRC flyers in select city hall buildings
- Annual Recycling Coordinator training sessions
“I am very proud that the Call2Recycle program has been recognized nationally as a leading environmental program,” Councilman Smith said. “Every battery that is recycled instead of put into a landfill is another step toward protecting our environment and our public health.”
“Not only are the recycling efforts of the City of Los Angeles commendable, but the efforts put forth to educate residents and city employees about the importance of rechargeable battery recycling are enormous as well,” said Linda Gabor, Director of Marketing and Media Relations, RBRC. “It is this kind of dedication that aids in the success of RBRC and our mission.”
The RBRC Recycling Leadership Awards recognizes outstanding Call2Recycle participants each year for their exceptional efforts in rechargeable battery recycling. The awards are divided into regional and national categories with four U.S. regional award winners and two national award winners – one from the U.S. and one from Canada.
RBRC’s Call2Recycle program is available to communities and public agencies without any associated fees. There are currently more than 6,000 communities and public agencies enrolled in the program in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on implementing a recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-2-RECYCLE or visit www.call2recycle.org.
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 www.call2recycle.org.