P.E.I. and Call2Recycle sign agreement to divert batteries from landfills

TORONTO, Aug. 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's national consumer battery recycling organization, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. and the province of Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) are working together to divert even more batteries from landfill. On July 23, the parties formalized an agreement in P.E.I. with Hon. Robert Mitchell, Minister of Communities, Land and Environment, and Jean-Paul Thiebolt, Eastern Canada Program Director, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.

"We look forward to sharing our knowledge from across the country to help P.E.I. run a successful battery recycling program," said Joe Zenobio, executive director of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. "Islanders are known for giving back and protecting the environment, and we are excited to work collaboratively to increase battery recycling throughout the province."

Currently, ninety percent of P.E.I. residents live within a 15 km radius of an available drop-off site. Over the next year Call2Recycle will be strategically adding collection locations across the island in easily-accessible places like hardware stores, electronic stores and pharmacies, government buildings, schools, and health care centres. The program will also leverage its newly-formed collaborative arrangement with the Canadian Battery Association (CBA), the stewardship organization that recycles lead-acid batteries across Canada, to make battery recycling even more convenient for P.E.I. residents.

This agreement reaffirms Call2Recycle's leadership in product stewardship -- effectively diverting batteries from landfills in Canada for over 20 years. Call2Recycle has a strong track record of educating Canadians about the importance of battery recycling and how easy it is to make a big difference with a small act. With operations across Canada, Call2Recycle focuses on consumer single-use and rechargeable batteries. The stewardship organization is the provincially-sanctioned battery recycling program for Manitoba, Quebec and British Columbia .

It brings a wealth of knowledge to consumer battery collection and recycling and is well-positioned to grow battery diversion in P.E.I. Residents can find their closest drop off location at www.call2recycle.ca

About Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.
Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. Since 1997, Call2Recycle has diverted over 45 million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established more than 7,000 collection sites throughout Canada. A leader in its field, Call2Recycle was built upon a commitment to environmental sustainability and meets or exceeds the most rigorous recycling standards for the safe recycling and management of batteries. Learn more at call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.

SOURCE Call2Recycle

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For further information: Tia Thomas, Consultant, Environics Communications, tthomas@environicspr.com, (416) 969-2729; Sandra Abuwalla, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., sabuwalla@call2recycle.ca, (416) 307-2858

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