RBRC Honored by US Conference of Mayors

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) receives honorable mention from the “Recycling at Work” national campaign
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 13, 2000 – At the 7th Annual Recycling at Work Awards ceremony, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) received an honorable mention from the campaign of the National Office Paper Recycling Project, an initiative of The U.S. Conference of Mayors. The award ceremony was held in conjunction with the Municipal Waste Management Association (MWMA) annual meeting.

RBRC, a nonprofit organization that recycles Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries, was selected from 30 entries and recognized for its efforts in the Public Outreach category. RBRC’s battery recycling program, Charge Up to Recycle!, currently recycles Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) rechargeable batteries – the power source for cordless and cellular phones, camcorders and power tools — through retail stores, community collection centers and businesses across the U.S. and Canada.

“We are proud to accept this award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, as it shows our dedication to the environment and the communities in which we are active,” said C. Norman England, RBRC president and CEO.

“The Awards Program for the Recycling at Work campaign recognizes pioneers who have fulfilled a commitment to improving the environment in their communities,” said Conference Executive Director J. Thomas Cochran. “The winners of the award have provided us with the roadmap, and made it easier for others to succeed.”

In addition, RBRC recently announced that its battery recycling program will expand in early 2001 to include Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Lithium Ion (Li-ion) rechargeable batteries — commonly found in cellular phones, laptop computers and other portable electronic products. In addition, Small Sealed Lead Acid (Pb) rechargeable batteries, which power camcorders and electronic games, will be recycled under RBRC’s new plan.

Today, there are more than 29,000 retail and community locations across the U.S. and Canada participating in the Charge Up to Recycle! program. Consumers can find the nearest Ni-Cd battery drop-off location by calling 1-800-8-BATTERY or by going online at

National U.S. retail stores participating in the program include: Ace Hardware, Ameritech, Batteries Plus, BellSouth Cellular, Black & Decker, Car Phone Store, Cellular One, Circuit City, GTE Wireless, Porter-Cable Factory Service Centers, RadioShack, Sears, Target and Wal-Mart. National Canadian retail stores include: Astral Photo Images, Authorized Motorola Dealers, Battery Plus, Black’s Photography, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Home Hardware, London Drugs, Makita Factory Service Centers, Personal Edge/Centre du Rasoir, RadioShack, Revy and Zellers.

RBRC is a not-for-profit public service organization that is funded by more than 300 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products. These companies are committed to preserving the environment and pay a fee to place the RBRC Battery Recycling Seal on Ni-Cd batteries and product packaging. RBRC’s public education campaign and battery recycling program in the U.S. and Canada – Charge Up to Recycle! – is the result of the rechargeable power industry’s commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent Ni-Cd batteries from entering the solid waste stream.


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 www.call2recycle.org.

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