No cost for communities to recycle all rechargeable batteries

provided by Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation

he Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, has announced that any community that wishes to participate in its Charge Up to Recycle! program may now do so free of charge.

    Through the no-cost program, RBRC will handle the collection of all portable rechargeable batteries, including Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-lon) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) rechargeable batteries. RBRC will provide automatic replenishment of supplies, such as recycling boxes and collateral materials, to community recycling centers. In addition to saving money, community recycling coordinators will also enjoy the benefit of fewer administrative tasks such as purchase orders, reimbursements and check requests that are typically associated with processing payment.

    More than 300 communities in the United States and Canada currently take part in the Charge Up to Recycle! program. These community programs are in addition to the over 30,000 retail locations across the United States and Canada participating in the RBRC program.

    “We've seen overwhelmingly positive reactions from communities that already participate in the Charge Up to Recycle! program,” said Ralph Millard, RBRC Executive Vice President. “The program is easy to implement and maintain, and now with no-cost collection boxes, we hope that every community will take it upon themselves to recycle their used rechargeable batteries.”

    Rechargeable batteries are found in a wide range of portable electronic products, including cellular and cordless phones, camcorders, laptop computers and cordless power tools. Consumers can find the nearest rechargeable battery drop-off location by calling 1-800-8-BATTERY or by going online at www.rbrc.org.

    “We are very pleased to provide this service to communities free of charge,” said Mr. Millard. “Our goal has always been to have as many people as possible recycle their rechargeable batteries, and this is definitely going to make the process even easier.”

    For more information on implementing a community recycling program, contact RBRC at 678-419-9990.

    RBRC is a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta. The organization was created with the mission to raise public awareness of rechargeable battery recycling and to implement recycling programs where none exist. RBRC created the Charge Up to Recycle! program to recycle Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries, the most common type of portable rechargeable battery. In January 2001, RBRC expanded its Ni-Cd battery recycling program to include Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) rechargeable batteries.

    Today, there are more than 30,000 retail and community battery collection locations throughout the United States and Canada participating in the Charge Up to Recycle! program. Consumers can find the nearest drop-off location by going online at www .rbrc.org or calling toll free 1-800-8-BATTERY.

    National US retail stores participating in the program include: Ameritech, Batteries Plus, Best Buy, Black & Decker, Cellular One, Cingular, Circuit City, GTE Wireless, Home Depot, Orchard Supply, Radio Shack, Sears, Target, WalMart, and Wireless Zone.

    National Canadian retail stores participating in the program include: Astral Photo Images, Battery Plus, Bell Mobility, Black's Photography, Canadian Tire, Future Shop, Home Depot, Home Hardware, London Drugs, Makita factory service centers, Motorola cellular dealers, Personal Edge/Centre du Rasoir, RadioShack, Revy, Sears, and Zellers.