In his 2014 report ‘Seasonal Factors in Retailing’, Deloitte’s Dr. Daniel Bachman defines the holiday season as November through January. This is time when consumers flood the stores and retailers spruce up their products to make them more appealing, in an attempt to bolster sales in the last quarter.
During the busy Holiday Season when so many products with batteries are sold, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.Canada’s national consumer battery recycling organization, and RONA, a major Canadian retailer, encourage Canadians to take some extra steps to keep their near and dear ones safe and to make a positive impact on the environment.
The winter holiday season is traditionally a time for celebration and joy. Unfortunately, statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical accidents typically increase during winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of home fire and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur during the holiday season.
There are steps that can be taken to reduce the risks of death and injury from a home fire this holiday season, such as testing and changing the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. While doing so, it is important for all to remember that properly disposing of the used batteries keeps them out of our landfills.
After a wonderful Festive Season, retailers like RONA offer an extended gift return period when customers line up to exchange or return holiday gifts. This is a great opportunity for consumers to bring in used batteries for recycling in a responsible manner. As customers arrange to swap/return gifts after the holiday, it’s a good time to check those drawers and secret places for hoarded batteries as well.
It is so important to keep reminding consumers that old cellphones and used batteries found in homes, like those from TV remotes, laptops, game consoles and power tools, can be dropped off at convenient Call2Recycle locations across Canada, including many retailers like RONA. Call2Recycle recycles and reuses batteries in the production of useful products such as silverware, golf clubs, new batteries and so much more, preserving valuable resources.
‘’We acknowledge the important role stewardship programs such as Call2Recycle have in helping our stores and our customers manage end-of-life products in an effort to minimise the impact on the environment, ” states Christian Proulx, Senior Vice-President Human Resources and Communications Responsible for Sustainable Development at RONA.
“Call2Recycle is delighted to be partnering with RONA to encourage people to recycle batteries responsibly during the Holiday Season,” said Joe Zenobio, Executive Director, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. “Conveniently located at national retailers like RONA, it’s easy for residents to drop off their old batteries for recycling when they buy new ones.”
To find your closest RONA or RONA Home & Garden drop off location or for more information about a battery drop-off location, to become a collection site or for more information about the recycling program, visit www.call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.
`Tis the Season to be jolly, but also the Season to be responsible and caring…for loved ones and the environment.Share