TORONTO, April 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadians can expect increased clarity and ease around battery recycling as a result of a new collaborative agreement between Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., Canada's national consumer battery recycling organization, and the Canadian Battery Association (CBA), the stewardship organization that recycles lead-acid batteries across Canada.
"The true winners out of this new partnership are Canadians, who will have increased access to collection sites and an improved overall battery recycling experience," said Joe Zenobio, executive director of Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. "With more sites, a focus on education, and an opportunity to build our collection networks together, today's announcement is a real step forward in helping keep batteries out of landfills across the country."
With operations across Canada, Call2Recycle focuses on consumer single-use and rechargeable batteries weighing less than 5 kilograms, while the CBA focuses on lead-acid batteries of all sizes, primarily gathered in industrial, commercial and institutional sectors. With 65 years of combined experience, the two stewardship organizations bring a wealth of knowledge to consumer battery collection and recycling and are well-positioned to increase battery diversion across Canada.
Call2Recycle Canada and the CBA will work together to reduce consumer confusion and where possible, share operations and infrastructure, resulting in significant program efficiencies to benefit consumers. Ultimately, this will ensure that the two stewardship organizations can further educate Canadians as well as municipal, provincial and federal stakeholders about the safe disposal and recycling of all types of batteries.
"We are proud to partner with Call2Recycle Canada," said Colin McKean, executive director of the Canadian Battery Association. "Together, we can work to keep batteries out of Canada's landfills, minimize costs and maximize our recovery rates."
The two organizations will work together to educate consumers through their linked websites, collection events, 1-800 call centre and informational materials. Leveraging each other's collection networks and growing consumer drop-off locations will increase accessibility to make recycling batteries easier. Further work together on best practices and common issues such as regulatory requirements, will ensure a best-in-class battery recycling program for Canada.
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 8 million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established 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.
About the Canadian Battery Association
The Canadian Battery Association is the national voice for the Lead-Acid Battery Industry and its mission is to provide information and programs that supports the safe storage, transportation and recycling of lead-acid batteries from coast to coast to coast. The CBA operates formal stewardship programs in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba and British Columbia plus informal stewardship programs in the remaining provinces resulting in CBA members recycling over 80 million kilograms of lead-acid batteries every year in Canada. For more information about the stewardship of lead-acid batteries in Canada or find a depot near you that will responsibly recycle lead-acid batteries go to www.recyclemybattery.ca.
For further information: Tia Thomas, Consultant, Environics Communications, [email protected], (416) 969-2729; Linda Gabor, VP, Marketing & Customer Service, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc., [email protected], 1.866.794.7272 ext 216