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British Columbia to recycle household batteries

Call2Recycle, North America's only free battery and cell phone collection program is launching British Columbi...


Call2Recycle, North America’s only free battery and cell phone collection program is launching British Columbia’s first household battery collection and recycling program.

Beginning June 8, 2010, Call2Recycle is making it possible for British Columbians to 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 – by the British Columbia Ministry of Environment.

“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,” says 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,” says 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, visit www.call2recycle.ca, or call 1-888-224-9764.

 


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