In 1991, New Jersey adopted the “Dry Cell Battery Management Act” making it illegal to knowingly dispose of nickel-cadmium and small-sealed lead acid battery as solid waste. Call2Recycle is an approved program to comply with this requirement and now has over 570 collection sites within New Jersey that increased pounds recycled in 2011 by 51%. In 2011, New Jersey residents recycled a total of 169,211 pounds (76,753 kg) of rechargeable batteries and 620 pounds (281 kg) of cellphones.
New Jersey continues to make strides in recycling since a 2010 consumer-education campaign by the Association of New Jersey Household Hazardous Waste Coordinators (ANJHHWC) and Call2Recycle to encourage consumers to recycle rechargeable batteries and cellphones. “ANJHHWC’s partnership with Call2Recycle was a win-win for New Jersey residents and businesses; this effort proves that increased education really does impact recycling,” said JoAnn Gemenden, ANJHHWC president.
Recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones diverts potentially hazardous materials from the solid waste stream, and ensures that valuable resources are reused.Share