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Call2Recycle and John Curley Invite Environmentally Conscious Residents to Battery Collection and Recycling Event June 28 at Westlake Park

Meet Emmy Award-winning John Curley at Call2Recycle's June 28 battery collection event in Seattle.

“I’m excited to see if Seattleites can collect enough batteries to lift me off the ground,” says John Curley. “Come on down, bring your batteries and do your part to make Seattle even greener.

Building on the success of last year’s Battery Recycling Day (which was proclaimed by Mayor Mike McGinn), Call2Recycle’s event is back again. Seattle area residents have another unique opportunity to make the city more green by participating in a city-wide battery collection and recycling celebration June 28. Organized by Call2Recycle®—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship and recycling program—the battery collection event is not only an opportunity to go green with your batteries, but to have great fun doing it.

Celebration Details:
●    When: Friday, June 28, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
●    Where: Westlake Park, 401 Pine St., Seattle
●    Collection Drive: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
●    Tip the Scale Challenge: Noon - 2 p.m.
●    Meet celebrity guest John Curley: Noon - 2 p.m.
●    Drawings for prizes will be held during the event

John Curley, Emmy Award-winning former host of King 5 TV’s Evening Magazine, will be on hand to meet guests as they drop off batteries. He’ll also take part in the Tip the Scale Challenge.

“I’m excited to see if Seattleites can collect enough batteries to lift me off the ground,” says Curley. “Come on down, bring your batteries and do your part to make Seattle even greener.”

What is the Tip the Scale Challenge? Collected batteries and cellphones will be placed on Call2Recycle’s custom-built, super-sized 16-by-9-foot scale. Each battery donated brings us closer to lifting celebrity John Curley off the ground. Questions about batteries or the event? Tweet @Call2Recycle using hashtag #TakeCharge.

Call2Recycle will accept all types of household batteries (weighing up to 11 pounds each), including both single-use batteries and rechargeable batteries commonly found in laptops and digital cameras.
Obsolete cellphones can also be dropped off for recycling.

“After last year’s success, Call2Recycle is thrilled to offer a recycling celebration for the Seattle community again this year,” says Jennifer Childress, Director of Marketing and Communications for Call2Recycle. “In addition to doing their part for the environment, everyone who brings at least one battery or cellphone to the event will be entered for a chance to win some really fun prizes.”

Why should batteries be recycled?
By collecting and recycling batteries, Call2Recycle reduces landfill waste and removes potentially harmful heavy metals from the waste stream, preventing possible contamination of groundwater, soil and other natural resources. The collected batteries and cellphones are sorted, processed and reclaimed. Materials recovered are used to create new batteries, concrete additives and a variety of stainless steel products.

About Call2Recycle®
Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America's first and largest battery stewardship program —is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 75 million pounds of rechargeable batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established 30,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification. Learn more at call2recycle.org or 877-723-1297. Follow at facebook.com/call2recycle or twitter.com/call2recycle.

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