The Recharageable Battery Recycling Corporation reported yesterday that collection numbers for rechargeable batteries have increased by 6.4 percent from the first six months of last year. The press release indicates that there are many reasons for the increase, including new retail partners and CA's new Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act.
ATLANTA, GA, July 20, 2006 – The nonprofit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) today 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 through its Call2Recycle™ program – an overall 6.4 percent increase from the same time period in 2005.
RBRC's successful collection growth is due largely to the expansion of collection sites through its retailers, businesses, communities and public agency participation. Since January, RBRC has experienced a 10 percent increase in participation by adding 4,466 new collection sites to its current roster of over 30,000 sites.
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On July 1st of this year, the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act (AB 1125) went into affect. The CAW sponsored measure requires retailers of rechargeable batteries to provide consumers with a free takeback of those batteries to be recycled.