RBRC Reports Increase in Battery Recycling

July 17, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. (RBRC), a public service organization promoting the recycling of portable rechargeable batteries, has reported that a total of 2,259,635 lbs of rechargeable batteries was collected in the United States and Canada through its Call2Recycle program during the first six months of 2005 -- an increase of nine percent from the same time period in 2004. The RBRC is funded by more than 300 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products.

Call2Recycle is a comprehensive rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program featuring more than 30,000 collection locations across the US where consumers can drop off used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones. Through RBRC's recycling network, reusable metals from nickel-cadmium, lithium-ion, nickel-metal hydride, and small sealed lead batteries are recovered and recycled to make new products such as new batteries and stainless steel.

Consumers are 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 percent of consumers own and use eight or more wireless products.