Call2Recycle(C) Announces Winners of 2008 Recycling Leadership Awards



    Program participants recognized for rechargeable battery recycling
excellence throughout the United States and Canada
    

    
    ATLANTA, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Call2Recycle(R), the nation's most
comprehensive rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program, today
announced the recipients of the eighth annual "Recycling Leadership Awards." 
The Recycling Leadership Awards recognize Call2Recycle's community and public
agency program participants for their exceptional efforts in rechargeable
battery and cell phone recycling.
    

    
    This year's participants recognized for their exceptional recycling
efforts in the Call2Recycle program include: King County Solid Waste Division
(WA); Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (Canada); Washington County
Household Hazardous Waste Program (MN); Lancaster County Solid Waste
Management Authority (PA); Fort Hood, Directorate of Public Works,
Environmental Division (TX); Florida Division of Blind Services Bureau of
Braille and Talking Book Library Services. The awards are divided into
regional and national categories with four U.S. regional award winners and two
national award winners -- one from the United States and one from Canada.
    

    
    "Year over year, the amount of rechargeable batteries collected through
our Call2Recycle program has increased.  We owe much of this success to the
involvement of our community and public agency recycling partners and the
strength of their individual efforts and contributions to the program," said
Linda Gabor, Director of Marketing & Media Relations, RBRC.  "These
participants are not only leaders in their local communities, but to other
groups and communities looking for examples of outreach and education efforts
upon which to base their own programs."
    

    
    Call2Recycle provides a convenient way to collect and recycle old cell
phones and the used rechargeable batteries found in cordless electronic
products, such as digital cameras, laptop computers, cordless power tools,
two-way radios, cordless phones, cell phones, PDAs and camcorders. 
Administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), there
are more than 50,000 enrolled collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada
where consumers can bring used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones for
recycling.
    

    2008 National Recycling Leadership Awards Recipients
    
    The following groups were nationally recognized participants in the
Call2Recycle program:
    

    King County (WA) Solid Waste Division; Seattle, Washington
    
    Since its enrollment in 2003, King County Solid Waste Division has
recycled more than 33,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries through the
Call2Recycle program, with more than 8,000 pounds collected this past year
alone.  In addition to a household hazardous waste facility that is open 6
days a week, King County operates a "Wastemobile" from March to October that
serves 31 locations around the county and more than 287,000 King County
residents.
    

    Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority; Essex County, Ontario, Canada
    
    More than 9,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries have been collected
during Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority's seven-year tenure with the
program.  The success of Essex-Windsor's rechargeable battery recycling
efforts has resulted in a continual year-over-year increase in collection
results, with more than 4,000 pounds collected in 2007 -- almost 20 percent
greater than the previous year.
    

    2008 Regional Recycling Leadership Awards Recipients
    
    The following groups were recognized on a regional level for their
participation in the Call2Recycle program:
    

    Washington County Household Hazardous Waste Program; St. Paul, Minnesota
    
    Ongoing community involvement has helped Washington County's Household
Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program collect more than 8,000 pounds of rechargeable
batteries since joining Call2Recycle in 2000.  Through successful public
education campaigns, like a "Residential Disposal Guide," and "Trash Today
Newsletter" and partnership with GreenGuardian.com, the county collected
almost 2,500 pounds of rechargeable batteries last year -- a more than 500
percent increase over collection results in 2006.
    

    Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority; Lancaster, Pennsylvania
    
    The 2008 Recycling Leadership Award is not the first for Lancaster County
Solid Waste Management Authority.  Almost 30,000 pounds of rechargeable
batteries have been recycled since the county first received an award in 2002.
 A participant of Call2Recycle since 2001, Lancaster County Solid Waste
Management Authority recycled more than 5,300 pounds of rechargeable batteries
last year.  The county promotes rechargeable battery recycling through the
distribution of battery curbside collection bags, a drive-through household
hazardous waste facility that is open 6 days a week, a comprehensive recycling
directory on its Web site and a Special Waste Brochure.
    

    Fort Hood, Directorate of Public Works, Environmental Division; Fort Hood,
Texas
    
    The United States Army Fort Hood base has recycled more than 14 tons of
rechargeable batteries through its Directorate of Public Works during its 5
years of participation in Call2Recycle.  Base employees are provided with
instructional pamphlets for recycling processes and conforming battery
chemistries to fortify the integrity of the collection program, resulting with
nearly 7,000 pounds of batteries collected in 2007.
    

    
    Florida Division of Blind Services Bureau of Braille and Talking Book
Library Services; Daytona Beach, Florida
    Through educational outreach that includes brochures, DVDs, CDs and
posters, the Florida Division of Blind Services Bureau of Braille and Talking
Book Library Services has successfully promoted rechargeable battery recycling
through Call2Recycle since 1999.  As one of the largest users of rechargeable
batteries in the Southeast, the Bureau of Braille and Talking Book Library
Services has had a significant positive impact on the environment by keeping
more than 4,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries out of the landfills in just
the last year.
    

    
    The Call2Recycle program is available to communities and public agencies
without any associated fees.  There are currently more than 6,000 communities
and public agencies enrolled in the program in the U.S. and Canada.  For more
information on implementing a recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at
877-2-RECYCLE or visit www.call2recycle.org.
    

    About RBRC
    
    The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a nonprofit,
public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. 
There are over 50,000 retail, business, and community collection locations
enrolled in RBRC's rechargeable battery recycling program throughout Canada
and the United States.  RBRC is funded by more than 350 manufacturers and
marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products.  RBRC's public
education campaign and recycling program is the result of the rechargeable
power industry's commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent
rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream.  In pursuit of
its mission, RBRC also collects old cell phones. Cell phones collected through
the Call2Recycle(R) program will be recycled or refurbished and resold when
possible with a portion of the proceeds benefiting select charities. 
Contributions or gifts to RBRC are not tax deductible.  For more information,
call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit www.call2recycle.org.
    




    




For further information:

For further information: Briana Papa of Stanton Crenshaw,
+1-646-502-3573, bpapa@stantoncrenshaw.com, for RBRC; or Linda Gabor of RBRC,
+1-678-419-9990, ext. 216, lgabor@rbrc.com Web Site:
http://www.call2recycle.org

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