Call2Recycle® Chosen to Run First Government-Mandated Battery Collection and Recycling Program in North America

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British Columbia's Ministry of the Environment approves program that serves as a model for future industry-sponsored efforts

For the last decade, we have used the Call2Recycle program as part of our efforts to provide recycling for the products and materials in our stores

Call2Recycle® has been approved as the first government-mandated consumer battery collection and recycling program in North America, selected for implementation throughout the province by the British Columbia Ministry of the Environment. The approved program serves as a model for future industry-sponsored efforts in the province and beyond.

Call2Recycle was chosen based on its very successful battery collection program that has been operational in British Columbia, as well as across Canada, since 1997. Call2Recycle’s existing infrastructure – collection sites, service chain providers and relationships in the marketplace – will be leveraged to swiftly and efficiently collect all household batteries, including alkaline and rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle is mobilizing program participants to start accepting household batteries by July 1.

“Battery and product manufacturers continue to demonstrate their corporate responsibility by managing the proper disposal of batteries,” said Carl Smith, president and CEO of RBRC, which operates Call2Recycle. “Our program benefits all residents of British Columbia, where collections have grown an average of 24 percent each year. With the endorsement of the British Columbia government, we anticipate much heavier participation from residents and businesses in the coming years.”

Call2Recycle has collected more than 100,000 kilograms of rechargeable batteries in British Columbia since the program’s inception in 1997. About 1,200 retailers, municipalities, businesses and public agencies already serve as Call2Recycle collection sites across the province, providing free battery drop-off locations thanks to the support received from Call2Recycle.

“For the last decade, we have used the Call2Recycle program as part of our efforts to provide recycling for the products and materials in our stores,” said Clint Mahlman, Senior Vice President of London Drugs, a retailer headquartered in British Columbia. “Call2Recycle helps us forge a connection with customers and empower them to be more environmentally responsible. We’re pleased that British Columbia sees the value of Call2Recycle to provide our consumers with an easy, convenient and free way to recycle all household batteries.”

Call2Recycle is also seeking to be the battery collection and recycling program in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, which will all have mandated programs within the next 15 months.

To learn more about how businesses can participate in the Call2Recycle program, or to find a drop-off location to recycle batteries, visit call2recycle.ca or call 1-888-224-9764.

About Call2Recycle
Call2Recycle® is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1994, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 55 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 recycling drop-off locations. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Call2Recycle is operated by the non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). Learn more at call2recycle.ca or 877.2.RECYCLE.

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