Call2Recycles Battery Collections Surge 13.1% in 2011 - January 13th 2012


Call2Recycles Battery Collections Surge 13.1%  in 2011


Here is a quick test. How many different types of battery-powered products do you and your family use each day?

Cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, portable power tools and digital cameras are just some of the many items that power our lives and tasks at hand. According to a recent survey, it is likely that you use 6 or more wireless products in your day-to-day life!

As we know, these batteries do eventually wear out. Rather than becoming a permanent fixture in your basement or drawers and instead of them being thrown in the garbage, they can be easily recycled, thanks to Call2Recycle, a free recycling program for both all batteries as well as cell phones.

More and more consumers are recycling their batteries according to Call2Recycle, the North American leader in consumer battery recycling. There was a 13.1 percent increase in 2011 battery collections (over 2010), collecting more than 7.6 million pounds (3.45 million kilograms) of rechargeable batteries (the equivalent to the weight of 278 school buses) through a network of over 30,000 retail, business and municipal locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Unlike paint or tires, where a recycling fee is charged as part of the items price, consumers are not charged to drop off their used batteries.

Canada increased overall collections (rechargeable and primary) by 17 percent and 157 percent respectively. British Columbias all-battery program achieved an amazing upsurge of 150 percent over 2010 collections and Manitoba experienced an even greater increase - 211 percent.

Non-profit group Call2Recycle, which runs battery recycling in the province, said Thursday the amount of batteries collected for recycling was up 150 per cent in 2011 over 2010.

Collection of all household batteries for recycling began in B.C. in July of 2010 when a deal was struck between the provincial government and Call2Recycle, an organization created by battery companies to keep their products out of landfills.

In both the United States and Canada, healthcare, e-waste and the home improvement markets continued to see significant increases in collections.

In Canada, the amount of rechargeable batteries collected increased by 17 per cent while primary battery collection went up 157 per cent.

Manitoba, a newcomer to recycling all batteries, recorded an improvement of 211 per cent.

Call2Recycle has diverted more than 32 million kilograms of rechargeable batteries from landfills since 1994.
BCs success is mirrored around North America by other areas serviced by Call2Recycle, which said collection of rechargeable batteries increased in 2011 by 13.1 per cent to 3.45 million kilograms or about the same weight as 278 school buses.

Rechargeable and Alkaline batteries can be dropped off at London Drugs, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, The Source by Circuit City, Windsor Plywood Locations, Future Shop and Best Buy. Drop-off spots range from public agencies like libraries to retailers, business and municipalities. They are easy to find by going online to www.call2recycle.ca.