It’s been 25 years since the first efforts to recycle consumer batteries began. During that time, a lot has changed and some things, unfortunately, have not. While there’s no crystal ball for the future of batteries and recycling, a look at the last 25 years provides an appreciation of the work done and a glimpse into the future marketplace.
By Carl E. Smith, CEO & President Call2Recycle, Inc. Ask consumers why they don’t recycle and the number one complaint is simple: It’s inconvenient. You have to collect it. You have to store it. If it isn’t paper, glass, aluminum or recycled curbside, you have to haul it somewhere. For … Read more »
Earlier this month, Call2Recycle revealed a refreshed brand identity, including an updated redesign of its U.S. website. Following its 20 plus years since the organization was first launched in 1994, Call2Recycle, Inc. is the first and largest consumer battery stewardship not-for-profit in the United States and Canada. The updates … Read more »
When it comes to burnishing your company’s brand and cleaning is footprint, the efforts center on reduce, reuse and recycle — or the “ban the can.” That’s the point that ISS’ head of global sustainability Dan Gilbert made at Environmental Leader’s conference in a session on corporate sustainability.
Consumer battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle has selected Battery Solutions as a partner for sorting and recycling batteries. Battery Solutions has recently started receiving batteries from Call2Recycle’s collection sites across the US. Call2Recycle CEO Carl Smith says Battery Solutions is the “leader in sorting technologies,” and says this represents a huge … Read more »
The worldwide evolution toward recycling has made significant progress during the past few decades. Municipalities, businesses and government agencies have tried various strategies to balance current needs against the demands for more efficient and sustainable waste management. We will see a continuation of this trend in 2016. The industry will be influenced by … Read more »
Rechargeable batteries and cellphones collected for recycling via Call2Recycle’s program increased five percent during 2015, to a record-breaking 12.6 million pounds – the 19th consecutive year-over-year increase, the organization says. Call2Recycle attributes the increase in participation to enhanced awareness in Canada and the US, made possible by its “strong, collaborative relationships.” … Read more »
Extended producer responsibility (EPR) laws, which require manufacturers to fund and manage recycling and disposal programs for their products, are being implemented in many places around the world. Notably, Canada and Europe widely use EPR to manage waste and prevent pollution from hazardous waste. But EPR has been slower to … Read more »
The state of Vermont yesterday approved Call2Recycle to implement the first mandated US primary (single-use) battery recycling program beginning Jan. 1, 2016. Vermont’s Primary Battery Law requires producers of single-use batteries to provide a stewardship plan to manage the proper recycling of those batteries sold in Vermont. Numerous battery producers … Read more »
More than 5.7 million pounds of batteries were kept out of US and Canadian landfills and recycled so far this year, reports battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle. This means battery collections are on target to grow for the 19th consecutive year, Call2Recycle says. About 90 percent of both US and Canadian … Read more »
Staples Canada has announced a plan to collect and recycle 3 million ink cartridges and 4,000,000 kg of electronics in 2015. Also in the company’s Q1 update, Staples Canada says it has achieved: In partnership with Call2Recycle, Staples has colleged 37,111 kilograms of batteries, an increase of 22.5 percent over … Read more »