Issue 3 – July 2009

Answer the Call2Recycle®!                                                            July 2009 issue

A program update for program participants & supporters                      

In This Issue
Partner Spotlight
Rechargeable Batteries Sold
All Battery Program
Green Healthcare
Facility Management
Call2Recycle Expands Team
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Rechargeable Battery Tips
  • Always follow charging guidelines provided by manufacturer 

  • Never return a fully-charged battery to the charger for an extra boost 

  • Never place a non-rechargeable battery in a battery charger

  • Do not leave a fully-charged battery in the charger when it’s not charging

Partner Spotlight 
DeWalt, one of the Call2Recycle’s national retail partners, held their second Annual National Power Tool Battery Recycling Month in April. Customers who recycled a rechargeable battery at DeWalt’s factory stores received $10 discount on new battery purchases during the promotional month.  The event helped not only DeWalt’s overall sales and but also Call2Recycle’s rechargeable battery collection in April. It’s a win win!  Read press release.

Most Rechargeable Batteries Are Sold in Products 
Call2Recycle recently embarked on a research project to better understand the landscape of rechargeable batteries entering the marketplace in North America. The outside research firm – Evalueserve – investigated the size of the rechargeable battery market in the U.S. and Canada, sought to determine the mix of types of chemistries, uses and sources. The research provided many meaningful insights on the evolving marketplace. First, sales of all battery chemistries, except for Nickel Cadmium batteries, are expected to increase over the next decade with Lithium Ion batteries fueling the overall growth. Second, not surprisingly, the study confirmed that most rechargeable batteries are sold in conjunction with a product, although the frequency will change by chemistry and application. For instance, 95% of all portable small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA) batteries are sold with a product whereas only 70% of Lithium Ion batteries are packaged with an electronics item.

This can complicate the jobs of policymakers and recyclers like Call2Recycle. It is much more difficult to track and collect batteries when they are sold and often disposed with a “host” product. Without this information, evaluating the success of collection and recycling efforts defy accurate measurement. Call2Recycle is working with several firms to overcome these challenges and devise ways to more accurately assess the performance of battery recycling programs.

Call2Recycle Develops Plan for All Battery Program in Ontario, Canada  
In response to Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act, Call2Recycle is developing the very first All Battery Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP). The Plan, represents 85% of rechargeable & primary battery stewards, is scheduled to be presented to Waste Diversion Ontario sometime in July, 2009.

Once the Plan is accepted, Call2Recycle’s ISP will be the first mandated All Battery Collection & Recycling Scheme in North America and will be put in place in January, 2010.

Healthcare Industry Promotes Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling  
 Practice Greenhealth, a nation’s 

 leading membership and
 networking organization, has
 made a commitment to promote sustainable practices in the healthcare industry. Its members include hospitals, professionals in related industries and other businesses.
Recently Practice Greenhealth had requested the help of Call2Recycle to provide rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling data and helpful information to educate their members on properly disposal of these products and current legislation.
Call2Recycle looks forward to assisting Practice Greenhealth’s members in implementing rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program.

Facility Management – Got Rechargeable Batteries?
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