The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has announced its collection data for the first six months of 2006, reporting that a total of 2.4 million pounds of rechargeable batteries were collected in the U.S. and Canada — an overall 6.4 per cent increase from the same period in 2005.
The organization continues to add sites participating in its “Call2Recycle” program, which now totals over 34,000 sites.
The RBRC retail recovery program helps consumers in the U.S. and Canada to recycle used portable rechargeable batteries and old cell phones.
Rechargeable batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys. RBRC recycles the following battery chemistries: Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb).
The goal is to keep potentially toxic rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of the waste stream.
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