Battery Recycling Program Launched in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON (GNB) – June 16, 2015 – There is now a greener solution for the disposal of household batteries in New Brunswick through a new partnership with the national non-profit battery stewardship organization Call2Recycle Canada Inc.

“Today we are formally launching the Household Battery Stewardship Program with the goal of providing New Brunswickers in all corners of the province the opportunity to dispose of their household batteries in an environmentally-friendly way,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Brian Kenny. “This is good news for the environment and an important step forward in creating greener solutions for families in our province.”

The program will accept single-use and rechargeable household batteries weighing less than five kilograms each. Call2Recycle Canada will partner with retailers, businesses and municipalities to offer battery collection boxes at more than 150 drop off locations around the province. A full list of locations is available online.

The cost of the program will be underwritten by the battery and battery-powered products industries including manufacturers and brand owners, who are members of Call2Recycle Canada.

“We are excited to be able to take our expertise and apply it to support a successful program here in New Brunswick,” said Joe Zenobio, executive director of Call2Recycle Canada Inc. “Helping the residents of New Brunswick get access to recycling, and ensuring that the batteries are properly recycled is an important step in helping our environment. This agreement further supports our commitment to helping Canadians have access to battery drop off from coast to coast.”

The organization collects and recycles batteries at no cost for retailers, municipalities, businesses and consumers. It is committed to environmental sustainability and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for the safe recycling and management of batteries. Since 1997, the company has diverted eight million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and has established 7,000 collection sites throughout Canada.

Media Contact(s)

Jennifer Graham, Communications
Department of Environment and Local Government

Linda Gabor, Vice President, Marketing & Customer Service
Call2Recycle Canada Inc.
1-866-794-7272 ext. 216.

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