Local organization recognized for its efforts in recycling rechargeable batteries
OREGON, April 18, 2007 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries and old cellphones, today recognized the Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services with a 2006 “Regional Recycling Leadership Award.” The award was presented to Recycling Coordinator, Bailey Payne, during the Board of Commissioner’s meeting at the Courthouse Square in Salem, Oregon.
Since joining the RBRC program in 2003, the Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services has successfully worked with eight garbage and recycling haulers to collect rechargeable batteries and other recyclable materials throughout the county. Continuous community support has helped the Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services promote the mission and goals of RBRC in Oregon. The Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services successfully collected over 7,100 pounds of rechargeable batteries.
As part of its participation in RBRC’s collection program, Call2Recycle™, the Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services is involved in the following initiatives:
- Ongoing public education and outreach through advertisements in Waste Matters, a publication distributed throughout the year to all county residents and businesses
- Extensive curb-side recycling program – designated recycling bins are provided to county residents for the disposal of batteries and other hazardous materials; Annually, over 100,000 pounds of both rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries are recycled
- Participation of nearly 20 stores and 2 transfer sites where individuals can also drop off their used rechargeable batteries – posters and stickers are displayed in stores designating them as a drop-off location for consumers and businesses
“The Call2Recycle recycling program is a great partnership between the Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services and RBRC,” said Bailey Payne, Recycling Coordinator, Marion County Public Works-Environmental Services. “The program has been successful because it is simple for the residents to understand and it makes it easy for them to comply with local recycling requirements.”
“It is with the help of groups like the Marion County Department of Public Works – Environmental Services that we continue to develop new and innovative ways to make it easy to recycle used rechargeable batteries and old cellphones,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “Our shared goal is to continue to educate consumers about the importance of recycling these items and to provide convenient drop-off locations for them.”
The RBRC Recycling Leadership Awards recognize RBRC community program participants each year for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling. This year, RBRC awarded the National Recycling Leadership Award to the Holloman Air Force Base and the Alberta Environment, Action on Waste program in Canada. Additionally, RBRC awarded three other Regional Recycling Leadership Awards to the New York City Police and Fire Departments, Illinois Department of Corrections and the Escambia County Department of Solid Waste Management.
The RBRC rechargeable battery recycling program is available to communities and public agencies without any associated fees. There are currently over 5,000 communities and public agencies that have signed on to recycle rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on implementing a recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-2-RECYCLE or go to www.rbrc.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.