Simply put, the Call2Recycle program is a free and easy way for earth-conscious folks like yourself to get rid of your old batteries. With over twenty years of experience in safely and reliably diverting batteries from landfills, we take care of the hard part. All you have to do is drop off your old batteries and cellphones at one of the 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations across North America.
Here’s how it works
The best way to ensure that batteries aren’t filling our landfills is to make sure they never get there.
Some provinces have made it illegal to dispose of batteries in the regular trash. When batteries are improperly disposed of, they end up in the trash where they can be landfilled, potentially releasing toxic chemicals into the surrounding environment.
Regardless of the law, it’s smart to recycle used batteries and keep them from entering the solid waste stream and potentially harming the environment.
We are the premier, no-cost used battery and cellphone collection program with a network of more than 30,000 collection sites offered throughout North America. Since 1996, environmentally committed people like you have helped us divert more than 35 million kg of rechargeable batteries from the solid waste stream. In 2012 alone, we collected more than 4.5 million kg of batteries–a record-breaking year. We bring together consumers, businesses, non-profit groups, retailers, government agencies and the battery and electronics industries to find ways to minimize the environmental impact of batteries and associated products at the end of their useful lives.
Members of Call2Recycle remit a fee per battery to the Call2Recycle® program. These fees ensure that batteries sold into the market are responsibly recycled after they’ve been used. These members support consumers’ commitment to keep batteries out of the solid waste stream and recycle them to create new products.
We are an industry-funded product stewardship program. Product stewardship is a policy of minimizing the environmental impact of products in the marketplace. Product stewardship advocates that organizations look at the whole lifecycle of a product, from development through manufacture and disposal, and ensures that no harm comes to the environment.
The Call2Recycle® program is operated by Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. (formerly the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation – RBRC), a not-for-profit organization. RBRC was founded in the mid-1990s by five concerned battery manufacturers as a voluntary, industry-run initiative to keep the heavy metals from rechargeable batteries out of the solid waste stream.
We accept all rechargeable batteries weighing up to 5 kg each, including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb). We also accept alkaline, lithium primary and carbon-zinc batteries.
We accept all cellphones, with or without their batteries.
All our collected batteries are sent to sorters and processors in the U.S. and Canada. These companies sort the batteries by chemistry, and then melt them down into by-products that are used to make new products such as batteries, stainless steel alloy and cement additives. Cellphones are refurbished and resold when possible, or recycled, with the proceeds being used to fund the program. You can see how we recycle batteries in this video.