Vermont Leads National Program in Battery Recycling

Call2Recycle Reveals Top 10 Battery Recycling States

ATLANTA, GA – August 22, 2018 Call2Recycle®, North America’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program, recently revealed its program’s top performing battery recycling states by comparing collection performance with state population. Vermont topped the list with Delaware, Tennessee, Minnesota, New Hampshire, California, Pennsylvania, Washington, Maryland and Texas rounding out the top 10 in the nation. These efforts contributed to the collection and diversion of 8 million pounds of batteries in the U.S. in 2017 through the Call2Recycle program.

Last year, the citizens of Vermont were the country’s most engaged battery recyclers due to the state being the first to adopt a producer-funded stewardship plan. Vermont’s population is only 0.2% of the contiguous U.S. (623,657), but its residents recycled 134,500 pounds of batteries – roughly 880% more batteries than expected.

With 95% of Americans owning a cellphone and almost 50% owning e-readers or portable tablets, battery use is on the rise.1 Additionally, lithium ion batteries are growing in the market due to their lightweight and high energy density. Lithium ion batteries power several popular products like laptops, cellphones and cordless power tools. Throughout these batteries’ lifecycle, even when they no longer power products, they retain a residual charge that can prove to be dangerous if not handled properly. All this underscores the importance of not trashing these battery types and responsibly recycling them to protect people and property.

“These results reflect the dedication of program stewards, collection partners and consumers to support communities and make a positive impact on the environment,” said Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, Inc. “We congratulate these top performing states and look to leverage their experiences and best practices to further engagement of battery recycling across the country.”

Battery recycling carries many eco-friendly benefits, including:

  • preventing potentially hazardous materials from harming the environment;
  • protecting against potential fires by keeping batteries out of the garbage; and
  • conserving valuable, natural resources.

Curious how your state ranks in Call2Recycle’s battery recycling program? Visit here to view a full state list. Consumers interested in learning more can contact Call2Recycle directly at 1-877- 723-1297 or visit the Call2Recycle website.

1 Pew Research Center, May 25, 2017 – A third of Americans live in a household with three or more smartphones

About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Call2Recycle, Inc., is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cellphones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its consumer battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. Visit Follow on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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