The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. collected 9.6% more batteries in 2008 over the previous year through its Call2Recycle program.
It recovered 6.9 million pounds of rechargeable batteries in 2008. Several factors led to the increase, according to Carl Smith, CEO of the RBRC, who stated:
"But more than anything, continuous support and ongoing involvement from our retail, consumer and community partners has helped us grow our collection efforts year over year.
- In 2004, Californians Against Waste sponsored AB 1125 (Pavley), the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, that requires all retailers to take back rechargeable batteries for recycling at no charge to the consumer. While rechargeable batteries only constitute about 5% of all disposed batteries, they heavily contribute to the growing amount of toxins leaking from landfills everyday.
- CAW is talking with policy makers about expanding the existing retail takeback requirement to cover all alkaline batteries, which are also prohibited from disposal.
- Check out CAW's Where to Recycle page to find places to properly dispose of your batteries.