The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation announces first-ever partnership with retail automotive aftermarket parts company
ATLANTA, February 21, 2006 – Kragen Auto Parts, a subsidiary of CSK Auto, Inc. the largest specialty retailer of automotive parts and accessories in the Western U.S., and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, announced the rollout of RBRC’s rechargeable battery recycling program, Call2Recycle™, in Kragen Auto Parts stores.
Starting today, RBRC’s rechargeable battery drop-off boxes will be in all Kragen Auto Parts stores enabling customers the ability to drop off their used rechargeable batteries commonly found in portable electronics products such as, power tools, cordless phones, laptop computers, PDAs, digital cameras, and cellphones.
“Our program with Kragen Auto Parts marks the first time we’ve joined forces with an auto parts supply retailer,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “It is wonderful that Kragen has taken the initiative well in advance of California’s new recycling legislation, which will go into effect this summer.”
Serving both the do-it-yourself (“DIY”) and the commercial installer, Kragen Auto Parts stores are committed to helping protect and preserve the environment. In fact, in November 2005, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and the California Integrated Waste Management Board recognized CSK Auto, Inc with a Certificate of Appreciation in Corporate Leadership for its successful oil and oil filter recycling collection efforts.
“It is a good environmental step to take, and we are proud to be a partner in this program,” said Terri Buttler, Environmental Affairs Manager for CSK Auto. “We will monitor the Kragen Auto Parts program closely as we consider rollout of the program to additional regions.”
Now, even more locations to recycle
With approximately 490 Kragen Auto Parts stores in California, the RBRC/Kragen program adds to the over 30,000 sites throughout the U.S. and Canada that consumers can access to drop off their used rechargeable batteries. Additional national retailers that participate in the RBRC program include Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Office Depot, RadioShack, Sears, Target, and many more.
To find a nearby participating Kragen Auto Parts store, click on “Store Locator” at www.cskauto.com. For other drop off locations, consumers can simply call toll-free 1-877-2-RECYCLE or log on to www.call2recycle.org, type in their zip code, and they are given a list of participating retailers and community collection sites. The program is free of charge to consumers.
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.