Edmonton's Emergency Response Department Signs on to Participate in Collection Program
EDMONTON, November 20, 2003 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, recognized Edmonton, the “City of Champions”, today for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery recycling. Guy Lafleur, the national program supporter for RBRC, joined Mayor Bill Smith and representatives of Edmonton’s Emergency Response Department at a celebratory gathering at Edmonton City Hall.
“Edmonton is the leading composting and recycling community in North America, and we are proud to be involved in the RBRC program,” said City of Edmonton Mayor Bill Smith.
“It should be everyone’s goal to be an environmental champion, “said Guy Lafleur. “And recycling used rechargeable batteries is an easy way to score one for the environment.”
The City of Edmonton was amongst the first communities in Canada to sign up for the RBRC Community Recycling program. Since February 2002, the City of Edmonton has collected 1540 kgs of rechargeable batteries at its two Eco Stations.
The program’s momentum continues to build in Edmonton with today’s event welcoming the newest member of the RRBC/Edmonton recycling team, Edmonton's Emergency Response Department.
“I am glad to see that the Emergency Response Department has joined our team,” said Guy Lafleur. “After all, when it comes to the environment, we’re all on the same side.”
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. There are over 30,000 retail and community battery collection locations throughout Canada and the United States that participate in RBRC’s battery recycling program. RBRC is funded by more than 300 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products. RBRC’s public education campaign and battery recycling program– Charge Up to Recycle!® – is the result of the rechargeable power industry’s commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream. Consumers can find the nearest drop-off location by going online at www.rbrc.org or calling toll free 1-800-8-BATTERY. Since 1995, RBRC has recycled over 19 million pounds of rechargeable batteries. RBRC was named The Home Depot’s 2002 “Environmental Partner
of the Year.”
In October 2001, RBRC removed all fees associated with its community recycling program. Since then, over 350 programs have signed on to recycle rechargeable batteries in their local communities, bringing the total number of participants to over 950 in North America. For more information on implementing a community recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-723-1297 or go to www.rbrc.org/community/index.html.
About Edmonton’s Recycling Programs
- The City of Edmonton operates two Eco Stations for year-round collection of household hazardous waste. Rechargeable batteries are amongst the many products that are accepted for recycling at the Eco Stations.
- Since joining the RBRC program, the Eco Stations have collected 1540 kgs of rechargeable batteries from city residents.
- Edmonton’s Emergency Response Department will begin collecting all rechargeable batteries used in its own operations (used in cell phones and portable batteries), as part of the RBRC program
- In 2002, Edmonton residents made 75,182 visits to the Eco Stations.
- Edmonton has one of the most comprehensive recycling programs in North America, including a Blue Bag program for single family homes, Blue Bin recycling for apartments, and 20 depots.
- Through recycling and composting, the City of Edmonton diverts close to
- 60 per cent of household waste from landfill, the highest diversion rate of
- any major city in Canada.
Call2Recycle is the industry’s first and only product
stewardship program for rechargeable batteries. The nonprofit program
is administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
(RBRC), a public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery
recycling. There are more than 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations
throughout the United States and Canada. More than 175 manufacturers
and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products show
their commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable
batteries from entering the solid waste stream by funding the
Call2Recycle program. In pursuit of its mission, Call2Recycle also
collects old cell phones, which are either recycled or refurbished and
resold when possible with a portion of the proceeds benefiting select
charities. For more information, call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit www.call2recycle.org.