Think Green, Recycle Your Rechargeable Batteries! - May 17th 2010





Here's a quick test. How many different types of rechargeable 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's likely that you use 6 or more wireless products in your day-to-day life!

And while the rechargeable batteries that power these products can be recharged up to 1,000 times, they 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 rechargeable batteries as well as cell phones.

Operated by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit, public service organization funded by over 350 manufacturers and marketers of rechargeable batteries and products that contain them, Call2Recycle is working in partnership with retailers, businesses, communities and The HouseSmart Home Services Referral Network to provide everyone the opportunity to do the right thing and recycle these products instead of wasting them in landfills.

Consumers can simply bring their used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones to free drop-off sites at many retailers such as London Drugs, The Source by Circuit City, Canadian Tire, Sears, Zellers and Home Depot. By visiting the RBRC Website or calling 1-888-224-9764, you can get additional information or find a nearby collection site.

The RBRC also provides this free recycling service to businesses and communities, supplying the collection containers, transportation and recycling, free-of-charge. All that you have to do is to contact the folks at the RBRC @ 1-888-224-9764 to get started.

There are so many things that seem beyond our individual control when it comes to environmental issues. But in the case of rechargeable batteries and cell phones, the recycling solution is available to everyone.

With a little bit of care by each of us, we can collectively make a world of difference.


Some simple tips for maximizing the battery life of your cordless electronic products:

- Follow the charging guidelines provided by the manufacturer, as each individual product has a specific initial battery charging time.

- Never return a fully charged battery to the charger for an extra boost. This will shorten the life of the battery.

- Let a discharged battery cool to room temperature before recharging.

- Recharge batteries only when they are near-to-fully discharged.