Battery Recycling on the Increase


he nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has reported that a total of 2,259,635 pounds of rechargeable batteries was collected in the U.S. and Canada through their Call2Recycle program during the first six months of 2005 — an increase of 9% from the same time period in 2004.

Call2Recycle is the nation’s most comprehensive rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program featuring more than 30,000 collection locations across the Americas where consumers can drop off used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Through RBRC’s recycling network, reusable metals from Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) batteries are recovered and recycled to make new products such as new batteries and stainless steel.

Cell phones collected through the Call2Recycle program are recycled or refurbished and resold, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting national charities, such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Consumers are clearly growing increasingly reliant on these types of products. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by NOP World on behalf of RBRC, Americans use an average of six wireless products in their day-to-day lives, and over 30% of consumers own and use eight or more wireless products. As the use of wireless products continues to grow, so does the number of rechargeable batteries that can and should be recycled through Call2Recycle’s channels.

The RBRC is funded by more than 300 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products.