Issue 20 – February 2011


Green is the color of Love: An Eco-Friendly Valentine’s Day
Show your sweetheart you care for them and the planet with these suggestions from Karen Cotten at eHow:
1. Instead of imported champagne, toast with a local sparkling wine
2. Treat your loved one with organic chocolates
3. Bring bouquets of organically grown flowers or dried blooms from your local farmer’s market

4. Dine in by cooking a meal with locally, organically grown produce

5. Switch to a plant-based biodegradable detergent.
6. Give a card made from recycled materials or an e-card

6. Bake up some homespun goodness in the form of cookies or candies and package them in recycled tins with recycled tissue paper

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OK for OJ….Cartons

The Carton Council is committed to increase recycling of cartons, like those used for orange juice, throughout the U.S.
Learn more and find out if your city offers carton recycling


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Plan Submitted to Extend Collection of Household Batteries in Ontario

On January 31, Call2Recycle announced its submission of an Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to extend its collection of all household batteries in Ontario.
The July 1 expansion into all battery collections built upon Call2Recycle’s 14-year-long presence in Ontario, during which it has collected nearly 1,000 tonnes of rechargeable batteries across the province.
“The continuation of our program to include the collection of all batteries contributed to a 59 percent increase in battery collection results in 2010 over 2009 in Ontario,” said Joe Zenobio, executive director of Call2Recycle Canada. “Our goal is to use our proven model to make battery recycling easy for Ontarians.”

Call2Recycle’s plan will be reviewed and approved or rejected by Waste Diversion Ontario and the Minister of Environment. To review, comment on, or ask questions about the organization’s plan, please visit .

Call2Recycle Announces Newest Member to RBRC Board of Directors

Call2Recycle has announced the election of John Bradford, Chief Innovations Officer for Interface Americas, Division of Interface Inc., to the RBRC Board.

The RBRC Board operates Call2Recycle. Bradford brings a wealth of experience in sustainable innovation, operations and structuring organizations for industry leadership and growth.

“Call2Recycle’s position in the marketplace is evolving rapidly as legislation is introduced to meet new demands surrounding battery recycling,” said Carl Smith, president and CEO of Call2Recycle. “John will provide our Board of Directors with proven insight from a broader sustainability spectrum that will help us to plan for the future as we raise our role in the environmental arena.”

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All Rechargeable Batteries Are Not Created Equal


There are a variety of rechargeable batteries that are found in a multitude of products. While Call2Recycle properly recycles all of these batteries, you can learn more about battery chemistry, products and recycling with this handy, printable guide.

Congratulations to Gift Card Winners

Call2Recycle would like to thank everyone that participated in our year-end drawing for three $100 Visa gift cards. Congratulations to our winners!


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