Lowe’s Joins The Charge to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation Adds Do-It-Yourself Retailer to List of Collection Partners

ATLANTA, August 9, 2004 – Lowe’s Companies, Inc, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, announced today a new agreement that integrates RBRC’s recycling program into Lowe’s stores throughout the U.S.

Supported by rechargeable battery and product manufacturers, RBRC’s battery recycling program is unique in industry product stewardship. The Lowe’s/RBRC partnership brings together a leading home improvement retail chain and a non-profit organization making the recycling of rechargeable batteries accessible and convenient for everyone. The program will also have a significant impact on the visibility and availability of RBRC’s battery recycling program through the Do-It-Yourself retail channel.

“We are committed to ‘improving home improvement’ and the environment,” said Michael Chenard, director of environmental affairs. “RBRC’s battery recycling program has made it easy for our customers to recycle their used rechargeable batteries when they come in to purchase replacement batteries and cordless products – it’s another service we are proud to offer.”

Beginning today, consumers can look for RBRC battery collection boxes in Lowe’s stores across the U.S. Lowe’s will recycle all used portable rechargeable batteries commonly found in cordless electronics products such as: cordless power tools, cordless and cellular phones, two-way radios, laptop computers, electric toothbrushes, camcorders and handheld mini vacuums among many others.

“We are pleased that Lowe’s has decided to integrate RBRC’s battery recycling program into its stores,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “Now consumers can ‘do-it-themselves’ when it comes to the environment too.”

Lowe’s joins a long list of national retailers, including RadioShack, Target, Batteries Plus and dozens of others, who support the environment by placing battery collection boxes in their stores. Consumers can drop off their used rechargeable batteries free-of-charge when purchasing replacement batteries or upgrading their cordless power tools and other portable electronics products. To find participating locations, consumers can log on to www.rbrc.org or call, toll free, 1-800-8-BATTERY.

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