Lafleur & Montreal Charged Up to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

Recycling program for used rechargeable batteries introduced in Eco-Centres

MONTREAL, March 19, 2003 – Even hockey players need to recycle. And to lead the charge, hockey legend, Guy Lafleur, visited Eco-Centre Côte-des-Neiges today to drop off a used rechargeable battery for recycling in a program, Charge Up to Recycle!®, now available at Montreal’s Eco-Centres. Councillor Marvin Rotrand was on hand to accept the battery for recycling.

“Rechargeable batteries can now be recycled and I’m pleased to help start this recycling program in Montreal,” said Lafleur. “It’s easy, it’s free and all of us should be playing our part for the environment.”

Charge Up to Recycle!® has been launched by the City of Montreal thanks to a partnership with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. The RBRC program is provided free-of-charge to the City and its residents through the voluntary funding support from over 300 members of the portable power industry.

“The City of Montreal is proud to join this recycling program and have it available through our Eco-Centres,” said Councillor Rotrand. “Charge Up to Recycle!® allows us to offer a simple way for our citizens to recycle their used rechargeable batteries.”

Montreal residents can drop off all types of used portable rechargeable batteries (including Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb)) at any of Montreal’s Eco-Centres for recycling. These types of batteries are commonly found in cordless power tools, laptop computers, cellular and cordless telephones, camcorders, portable vacuums, two-way radios, emergency lighting and other wireless electronic devices.

The Montreal program joins with a network of collection initiatives organized by the RBRC for retailers, business and community participation. Consumers can find the nearest rechargeable battery drop-off location by calling 1-800-8-BATTERY or by going on-line at www.rbrc.org.

“It should be everyone’s goal to be an environmental champion,” said Lafleur. “And recycling used rechargeable batteries is an easy way to score one for the environment.”

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