One Week Remains for the City of Hamilton to Achieve 3,000 kg Battery Recycling Goal

If City achieves goal, Hockey Legend Guy Lafleur will return with members of the Oldtimers’ Hockey Team for March exhibition game

HAMILTON, ON (Nov. 2, 2010) – Hamiltonians have less than a week to participate in the City’s 3,000 kilogram battery recycling drive that launched in October in partnership with Call2Recycle®, a free battery and cell phone collection program in North America. If the City reaches the collection goal by Nov. 7, Hockey Legend Guy Lafleur will join members of the Oldtimers’ Hockey Team for an exhibition game at Copps Coliseum on March 6.

This initiative is in conjunction with Call2Recycle’s partnership with the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Bulldogs.  It is designed to educate Hamiltonians of the importance of battery recycling as we approach daylight savings time on Nov. 7.  As part of the “Easy as 1-2-3” campaign, residents should take the following steps.  Step one: set all clocks back one hour.  Step two: change the batteries in all smoke detectors.  Step three: recycle old batteries at any of Hamilton’s 27 local Fire Halls and Emergency Service Stations.

“The deadline is fast approaching so we need your help to divert at least 3,000 kilograms of batteries from landfills before November 7 when we turn our clocks back one hour,” said Pat Parker, Director of Support Services, Operations and Waste Management Division.  “Together, we can set an example to show other communities how easy it is to be green.”

As part of the initiative, Hamilton’s 27 Fire Halls and Emergency Service Stations are competing with one another to collect the most batteries by November 7.  The fire station that collects the most batteries in weight will be rewarded with a special visit by Guy Lafleur in March 2011.

Call2Recycle collects all household batteries weighing up to five kilograms at more than 65 locations in Hamilton.  For additional information about the collection drive and to find a location in your neighborhood, visit call2recycle.ca/hamilton.

About City of Hamilton

The City of Hamilton’s vision is to be the best place in Canada to raise a child, promote innovation, engage citizens and provide diverse economic activities.  

About Call2Recycle®

Call2Recycle® is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program in North America. Since 1994, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 60 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 recycling drop-off locations. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones. Call2Recycle is operated by the non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). Learn more at call2recycle.org or 877.2.RECYCLE. Become a follower or fan at twitter.com/call2recycle or facebook.com/call2recycle.

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