The non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has announced its collection data for 2005, reporting the collection of almost five million pounds of rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada, an increase of nearly 10 per cent from 2004.
Since the beginning of 2005, RBRC has experienced an increase in participation among national retailers, businesses, communities and licensee recycling programs to set up convenient drop-off facilities for used rechargeable batteries and cell phones. In 2005, community participation increased 18 per cent while public agency participation increased 38 per cent. Participation by businesses also increased significantly by 26 per cent, which can be attributed at least in part to RBRC’s waiving of all associated participation fees in 2005.
“The rise in rechargeable batteries collected points to the increased demand for having an ‘unplugged’ lifestyle,” said Ralph Millard, executive vice-president, RBRC. “RBRC conducted a survey in 2005 that found that respondents use an average of six cordless products every day, as compared to three in 1999. This means there are even more rechargeable batteries out there that can and should be recycled.”
Highlights from 2005 include:
– All associated fees waived for businesses. Businesses need no longer pay for the shipping of rechargeable batteries and cell phones collected at the workplace. Once registered, participants receive a free shipment of collection boxes that includes pre-paid shipping, pre-addressed shipping labels, safety instructions and plastic bags for each used rechargeable battery and cell phone.
– Recipient of the 2005 Outstanding Sustainable Style Achievement (OSSA) Award. Presented by the Sustainable Style Foundation, RBRC was recognized with an award in the category of “Industrial Design & Consumer Products” for its national Call2Recycle(TM) program. The OSSA awards honor individuals or firms for exceptional and exemplary work in the sustainable design of consumer goods, automobiles or technology.
– Recipient of the “Industry Steward of the Year” award at the 7th Annual Mobius Environmental Awards presented by the Nova Scotia Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB Nova Scotia). The Mobius Environmental Awards are given in recognition of Nova Scotians who have made a significant contribution toward protecting the environment.
– Rollout of new public service announcements (PSAs) featuring RBRC spokesperson Danny Seo.
– The second installment of the RBRC testimonial ads featuring Karin Zarin, executive director of Keep Sandy Springs/North Fulton Beautiful, incorporating “testimonial” remarks on their successes with the RBRC recycling program and to encourage other community leaders to explore and execute “responsible recycling” efforts of their own.
For more information, go to www.call2recycle.org