Call2Recycle Launches First Household Battery Collection and Recycling Program in British Columbia

June 22nd 2010
Call2Recycle Launches First Household Battery Collection and Recycling Program in British Columbia

For over three years, Shell and HouseSmart have been advocates of a program called Call2Recycle. This is an industry run program that facilitates the collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries.

Call2Recycle offers consumers a free and easy way to care for the environment through its nationwide battery and cell phone recycling program. It's easy and free to recycle your old cell phones and rechargeable batteries from your cordless electronic products, with many locations across Canada for battery drop off, such as - Canadian Tire, The Home Depot, Home Hardware, London Drugs, The Source, Rona, Sears, Sony Style, Staples, Zellers our HouseSmart Referral Network office in Surrey BC, and soon batteries will be accepted Windsor Plywood locations.

Earlier this month, the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Call2Recycle along with Shell Busey announced that British Columbians may now recycle any household battery at nearly 1,500 collection locations across the province. Call2Recycle has collected more than 143,000 kilograms of rechargeable batteries in British Columbia since 1997, and the program was recently chosen as the first government-mandated collection program for all household batteries - including alkaline.

"Our voluntary battery collection program has been a resounding success within this province, and we are eager to see the public's response to diverting even more batteries and cell phones out of community landfills under the expanded initiative," said Carl Smith, president and CEO of Call2Recycle.

Call2Recycle is leveraging its relationships with 1,500 retailers, municipalities, businesses and public agencies to swiftly and efficiently collect batteries in the places that British Columbians live, work and shop.

"British Columbia is leading the way in promoting environmental stewardship by launching the first government-mandated household battery program in North America," said John Yap, British Columbia Minister of State for Climate Action. "We fully support Call2Recycle's efforts to recycle batteries and cell phones into new products and keep them out of our solid waste stream, which will help the environment and the economy."

To find a battery drop-off location near you or to learn how your company or organization can participate in the Call2Recycle program, visit For more information on visit please visit or call 1-888-224-9764.