The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries and cell phones, has announced the recipients of its fifth annual “Community Recycling Leadership Awards.”
The 2005 recipients include Phoenix, AZ, Washington, D.C., the State of Missouri, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Lexington County, S.C., the City of Hamilton, Ontario and the Regional Municipality of Halton, Ontario.
These awards recognize RBRC’s community program participants for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling through the Call2Recycle(TM) program.
The two Canadian locations were recognized for their participation in the Call2Recycle program.
The City of Hamilton is recognized as a Canadian leader for its efforts in environmental protection. Since its enrollment in the RBRC collection program in 2003, Hamilton has generated a great deal of community involvement in the Call2Recycle program. To date, Hamilton’s efforts have resulted in the collection of over 8,500 pounds of rechargeable batteries.
The Regional Municipality of Halton, Canada is likewise to be commended for its rechargeable battery recycling efforts and is this year’s co-recipient of Canada’s Regional Community Recycling award. Over the past two years the Municipality of Halton has collected a total of 20,575 pounds of rechargeable batteries. These impressive results are primarily due to sustained community outreach and local promotions.
“The success of the RBRC program depends largely on our community partners spreading the word and making it easy for residents to recycle their rechargeable batteries,” said Ralph Millard, executive vice-president, RBRC. “Since 1996, RBRC has collected more than 26 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada — in large part due to the efforts of our community programs making it easy to recycle rechargeable batteries.”
The RBRC rechargeable battery-recycling program is available to communities and public agencies without any associated fees. There are currently over 500 local communities that have signed on to recycle rechargeable batteries in the U.S. and Canada.
For more information on implementing a community-recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-723-1297 or go to www.rbrc.org/community/index.html