What happens to the materials after you drop them off at a Call2Recycle® collection site? Check out this battery journey video that shows the fascinating journey through the recycling process, with the metal and chemical byproducts eventually winding up in new products and the remaining waste safely disposed of according to international recycling standards. Call2Recycle follows three simple steps when recycling batteries and cellphones.

1 — Collection: Retail stores, small and large businesses, cities, towns and government agencies collect batteries (up to 5 kg) and cellphones at their locations. Collected items are then shipped to Call2Recycle’s responsible recycling partners.

2 — Sorting: Contracted sorters receive the batteries at their warehouses, record details about the weight and battery types of the shipment, then separate the batteries by chemistry.  Depending on battery type and chemistry, batteries either remain at the sorter for processing or are sent to the appropriate processor.

3 — Process and Recovery: The batteries are now ready to be processed. The processors extract useable chemicals and metals to be used in the manufacture of new products. Waste products are responsibly and safely disposed of according to industry and regulatory standards. Cellphones are either refurbished and resold or recycled, with the proceeds used to fund the cellphone collection program and educational outreach.