‘Tis the Season for New Technology

Be green in the New Year by recycling used rechargeable batteries

ATLANTA, January 1, 2009 – High-tech electronics are hot items on many wish lists this holiday season. The latest cellphones, PDAs, digital cameras, laptops, camcorders, and power tools are among the most coveted portable electronics gifts. But what happens to the rechargeable batteries that power your old devices once the presents are unwrapped and your new tech toys are put to use?

Instead of tossing the old gadgets into a drawer or closet and hoarding an electronics stash, do something positive for the environment and answer the Call2Recycle®.

Many people are unaware that like newspapers and plastic, rechargeable batteries can – and should – be recycled. Through Call2Recycle, the nation’s most comprehensive rechargeable battery and cellphone recycling program, you can dispose of used rechargeable batteries the environmentally sound way. It’s a simple and free way to upgrade your technology responsibly and do your part to preserve the environment.

If you didn’t quite get everything on your list, you might be heading back to the mall after the holidays to take advantage of post-holiday sales. Use this shopping trip as a way to start the New Year off right by doing something good for the environment. Check your closets and drawers for used rechargeable batteries and bring them with you to convenient Call2Recycle collection bins at major retailers nationwide, including Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, RadioShack, Sears and Staples.

Log onto www.call2recycle.org or call toll-free 1-877-2-RECYCLE to find a drop-off location near you.

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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 www.call2recycle.org.


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