Happy spring greening! In time for Environment Week, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) provides the following tips to help Canadians spring clean their home – and become more eco-conscious in the process.
- Start by finding all the old rechargeable batteries and cellphones you have lying around your house. Recycle them through the Call2Recycle™ program – find a participating location at www.call2recycle.org or call toll-free 877-2-RECYCLE.
- Free up some closet and shelf space by hosting a garage sale or donating unwanted items to your local community support organization. There are also many sites on the internet that will help you find a new home for your no-longer-needed treasures.
- Wipe down surfaces with a heavy-duty microfiber towel to pick up maximum dirt, dust and crumbs and save paper towels. Just throw it in the washing machine after each cleaning and it’s ready for the next round.
- Use vinegar as a household cleaner instead of commercial alternatives. Mixed in equal portions to water, it can be used to clean most surface areas. Baking soda is also another great homemade cleaning product – it deodorizes, as well as scrubs away dirt and grime.
- When you arrive home, take off your shoes and rest them on top of newspaper: It'll absorb all the excess dirt and germs you’ve dragged in from outside.
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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.