Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation First in Canada to Charge Up to Recycle!

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MONCTON, April 27, 2001 – The region of Westmorland-Albert is being recognized as the first community in Canada to participate in Charge Up to Recycle!®, an industry-sponsored program to recycle used rechargeable batteries. Susan Antler of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, the non-profit organization that operates the program, will be presenting a special award of appreciation to Webb Vance, Chairman of the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation, at their annual meeting tonight.

The special waste depot at the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste facility accepts all rechargeable batteries including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb)*. These batteries are commonly found in cellular and cordless phones, power tools, laptop computers, cordless vacuums, camcorders and other portable power devices. While rechargeable batteries can, depending on the application, be recharged up to 1,000 times, they eventually no longer hold a charge. Instead of needlessly throwing them away, they can be recycled through the Charge Up to Recycle!® program.

“Receiving this national recognition reflects the leading-edge nature of the recycling practices in our community,” said Bill Slater, General Manager, Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation. “We’re proud to be involved with the Charge Up to Recycle!® program to recycle rechargeable batteries and glad that our efforts are helping to make a positive environmental difference.”

* weighing less than 1 kg/2 lbs per battery

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