Out with the Old, In with the New: Father’s Day Gifts Can Generate Disposal Dilemmas

Call2Recycle Lists Top 5 Father’s Day Gifts That Should Be Recycled, Not Thrown Out

Happy African American Father and Mixed Race Son Having Fun Using Touch Pad Computer Tablet Outside.ATLANTA, June 10, 2013 — On Father’s Day, the sixth busiest retail sales holiday, more than 70 million dads across the U.S. will be honored with a broad range of gifts. Many of dads’ top-picks—tech gadgets powered by rechargeable batteries—will replace older models of the same type of product. Studies show, however, that disposing of the newly obsolete electronics, and their batteries, is problematic for most people. Call2Recycle®, North America’s largest battery stewardship program, is making it easier for dads to identify items that should be recycled and to properly dispose of them.

Rechargeable batteries contain materials that are potentially harmful to the environment and should never be thrown into the trash. However, each year, some 14,000 tons of these batteries end up in landfills where they take up space and could contaminate the soil and drinking water.

“Rechargeable batteries are the foundation to an unplugged lifestyle, but many consumers don’t know that batteries and gadgets that use them should be recycled when they reach the end of their useful life,” said Carl E. Smith, CEO and President of Call2Recycle. “But first, consumers must recognize which items can be recycled.”

Call2Recycle offers a no-cost recycling solution for the rechargeable batteries found in most types of wireless devices. The Call2Recycle list of Top 5 Father’s Day tech/gadget and electronic gifts that should be recycled at the end of their usable life is:

  1. Cellphones  (166.9 million sold in the U.S. in 2012)
  2. Tablets and iPads (70.7 million sold in the U.S. in 2012)
  3. MP3 Players and iPods (31 million sold in the U.S. in 2011)
  4. E-readers (9 million sold in the U.S. in 2012)
  5. Cordless power tools (Continue to post gains, due primarily, to improved battery technologies)

Batteries, once removed from their device, can be recycled at one of more than 30,000 drop-off locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Lowe’s, Best Buy, The Home Depot, RadioShack, Staples and more. Today, recycling rechargeable batteries can be a quick, easy and convenient part of almost any shopping trip.

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