Olmsted County Public Works Program Presented Community Recycling Leadership Award By RBRC

Local group recognized for their efforts in recycling rechargeable batteries

ATLANTA, November 23, 2004 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones, today recognized the Olmsted County Public Works Program with its 2004 “Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award.“

Enrolled in the RBRC program since 1996, the Olmsted County Public Works program has a permanent recycling facility that operates year-round and processes about 200 tons of material from 8,000 customers each year. Special initiatives include:

  • The collection of over 3,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries;
  • Annual mobile (bookmobile style) hazardous waste collections in rural areas throughout Olmsted, MN;
  • Educational newsletters to target businesses, residents and students on battery recycling.

“The battery recycling program is a great partnership between Olmsted County and RBRC,” said Scott Martin, Hazardous Waste & Recycling Supervisor of Olmsted County. “We use our facility and staff to collect unwanted or unusable rechargeable batteries while RBRC pays for the transportation and processing costs to recycle them. This program is of great benefit to the community and the environment.”

“The RBRC program succeeds largely due to the work of community partners like Olmsted County, that spread the word and make it simple for residents to recycle rechargeable batteries,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “Now, with our expanded Call2Recycle™ program, which also collects old cellphones, we expect even greater recycling results next year.”

The RBRC Community Recycling Leadership Award recognizes RBRC community program participants for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling. Each year, one community program is awarded the National Community Recycling Leadership Award and three programs receive the Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award. This year, the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System was awarded the National Community Recycling Leadership Award and Sandy Springs “Keep America Beautiful” in Georgia and the city of Montreal, Canada were also recognized with the Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award.

The RBRC rechargeable battery recycling program is available to communities and public agencies without any associated fees. There are currently over 500 local communities that have signed on to recycle rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on implementing a community recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-723-1297 or go to www.rbrc.org.

 

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About Call2Recycle®
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 test.us.call2recycle.org.

 

  • The collection of over 3,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries;
  • Annual mobile (bookmobile style) hazardous waste collections in rural areas throughout Olmsted, MN;
  • Educational newsletters to target businesses, residents and students on battery recycling.

“The battery recycling program is a great partnership between Olmsted County and RBRC,” said Scott Martin, Hazardous Waste & Recycling Supervisor of Olmsted County. “We use our facility and staff to collect unwanted or unusable rechargeable batteries while RBRC pays for the transportation and processing costs to recycle them. This program is of great benefit to the community and the environment.”

“The RBRC program succeeds largely due to the work of community partners like Olmsted County, that spread the word and make it simple for residents to recycle rechargeable batteries,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “Now, with our expanded Call2Recycle™ program, which also collects old cellphones, we expect even greater recycling results next year.”

The RBRC Community Recycling Leadership Award recognizes RBRC community program participants for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling. Each year, one community program is awarded the National Community Recycling Leadership Award and three programs receive the Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award. This year, the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System was awarded the National Community Recycling Leadership Award and Sandy Springs “Keep America Beautiful” in Georgia and the city of Montreal, Canada were also recognized with the Regional Community Recycling Leadership Award.

The RBRC rechargeable battery recycling program is available to communities and public agencies without any associated fees. There are currently over 500 local communities that have signed on to recycle rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on implementing a community recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-723-1297 or go to www.rbrc.org.

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