From left to right: Ralph Millard, executive vice president of RBRC; Betty Disero, chair, Public Works Committee, City of Toronto; Larry Stinson, director of Information Technology Services, Toronto Police Service; Larry Brient, Detective Sergeant, Crime Information Unit, Toronto Police Service; Jesse Jessop, director of Home Depot’s Regional Operations, Eastern Canada; and, Richard Karn, “Al” from the TV Show, Home Improvement.
On April 25, 2002, the Home Depot, the City of Toronto Works & Emergency Services Department, and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) joined RBRC’s spokesperson Richard Karn (“Al” from the TV show Home Improvement) to announce an international recycling program for used rechargeable batteries. A special recognition award was also given to the Toronto Police Service as the first police department in Canada to participate in the RBRC recycling program. The program is a voluntary initiative funded by over 300 members of the portable power industry that enables the recycling of all types of used portable rechargeable batters. The program offers recycling through retailers, communities, businesses, and public agencies. In April, the RBRC released a survey that found that respondents use an average of five cordless products, including cell phones, power tools, and electronic toothbrushes.
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