More than 7.1 Million Pounds of Rechargeable Batteries and Cell Phones Collected at RadioShack
ATLANTA and FORT WORTH, Texas (April 21, 2014) – Celebrating a 20-year partnership, RadioShack and Call2Recycle® announced today that the battery collection and recycling program is expanding to stores in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
In 1994, Call2Recycle was established as a non-profit stewardship program to collect, transport and recycle rechargeable batteries in order to keep them out of the waste stream. Today RadioShack, one of the first national retailers to voluntarily participate, has become Call2Recycle’s highest-volume retail partner. Anyone can bring a cell phone or used rechargeable battery into any RadioShack for recycling, with no purchase necessary.
“As a long-standing partner, RadioShack continues to be a key advocate for our collection and recycling program. We are proud to expand the program this year to additional locations,” said Carl Smith, CEO and President of Call2Recycle, Inc. “Our success depends on industry leaders like RadioShack to work with us to increase consumer awareness of the importance and ease of recycling at their neighborhood stores.”
All RadioShack stores in the contiguous United States offer the program to their customers. This widespread program participation is responsible for approximately 10 percent of Call2Recycle’s total rechargeable battery and cell phone collections to date.
“RadioShack is a proud partner with Call2Recycle providing communities with a smart, convenient, no-cost option for recycling cell phones and rechargeable batteries,” said Joe Magnacca, CEO of RadioShack. “Our partnership with Call2Recycle has helped divert over 7 million pounds of these items from landfills and ensure that they are properly recycled.”
Pioneered by five concerned battery manufacturers in 1994, Call2Recycle is an R2-certified program that brings together battery and battery-powered product manufacturers, retailers, businesses, public agencies and consumers to ensure proper end-of-life battery management. Call2Recycle has collected more than 85 million pounds of batteries and cell phones since its inception.
About RadioShack Corporation
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. RadioShack® offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 30,000 knowledgeable and helpful sales experts globally. RadioShack’s retail network includes approximately 4,300 company-operated stores in the United States, over 270 company-operated stores in Mexico, and approximately 1,000 dealer and other outlets worldwide. To purchase items online, please visit www.radioshack.com. RadioShack® is a registered trademark licensed by RadioShack Corporation.
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Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. 2014 commemorates Call2Recycle’s 20th anniversary of product stewardship excellence. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 85 million pounds (39 million kilograms) of rechargeable batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification. Learn more at call2recycle.org or 877-723-1297. Follow at facebook.com/call2recycle or twitter.com/call2recycle.