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100 Million Pounds and Counting: Consumer Battery Recycling Program Hits Historic Milestone

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100 Million Pounds and Counting: Consumer Battery Recycling Program Hits Historic Milestone

Call2Recycle celebrates 20 years of protecting the environment by diverting used batteries and cellphones from North American landfills

Atlanta – December 8, 2014 – In a fitting salute to its 20th anniversary, Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, today announced that its signature battery and cellphone recycling program has hit a substantial milestone – 100 million pounds (45 million kilograms) –diverted from landfills since 1994.  This total represents the weight of nearly 33,000 typical hybrid compact vehicles. Call2Recycle collects and recycles consumer batteries and cellphones at no cost throughout the United States and Canada.  The organization ensures that these items, which contain valuable resources, are responsibly recycled to create new batteries and other products, keeping potentially hazardous materials from entering the waste stream. 

“A milestone such as this would not be possible without the longtime support and commitment from our employees, industry stewards, collection participants and consumers,” said Carl Smith, CEO & president of Call2Recycle, Inc. “It’s our core mission to collect batteries and we are all celebrating this incredible achievement and look forward to continuing our work together to reduce the impact on our environment for future generations and to recycling another 100 million pounds.”

Call2Recycle attributes the program’s success to a number of actions and learnings over its 20 year history – among them the importance of developing impactful partnerships with industry stewards (battery and product manufacturers), communities and retailers.  This robust partnership network has served as the foundation for helping to increase consumer awareness and the driving force behind increased collection volumes.

The establishment of more than 34,000 collection locations, which all contributed to the 100 million pound (45 million kilograms) achievement, allows Call2Recycle to offer a drop-off site within 10 miles (15 km) of 89% of consumers across North America.  “Working together with retailers, local governments, municipalities and consumers has enabled us to expand the accessibility of our program, making it quick and easy to recycle batteries,” said Smith.

Call2Recycle continues to build awareness about how to properly recycle used batteries through education efforts and outreach.  As the proliferation of mobile devices and other battery-powered gadgets continues to grow rapidly, it is more important than ever for consumers to know where to responsibly recycle their used batteries.

About Call2Recycle, Inc. 
Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers.  2014 commemorates Call2Recycle’s 20th anniversary of product stewardship excellence. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted 100,000,000 pounds (45 million kilograms) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification. Learn more at or 877-723-1297.  Follow at or

For more information, please contact:

Jake Lynn
Environics Communications
(202) 296-2002

Jennifer Childress
Director, Communications & Promotion
Call2Recycle, Inc.
(678) 218-4580

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