Media Alert - A Simple Way to Reduce Waste this Environment Week: Opt for Rechargeable Batteries

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Using rechargeable batteries is a simple step
toward a greener lifestyle; so this Environment Week, try using them for the
battery-powered devices in your home. Rechargeable batteries power many common
portable electronics products including cell phones, cordless phones, cordless
power tools, digital cameras, laptop computers, camcorders, PDAs, mp3 players
and portable gaming devices.
    Rechargeable batteries can be charged up to 1,000 times. Depending on the
frequency of use and how well the battery is handled and charged, that is
equivalent to between two and five years of usage. This reduces how often
consumers need to replace their batteries - which means less consumption and
less household waste production.
    Call2Recycle(R) offers consumers the following simple tips to help
maximize the life of rechargeable batteries in portable electronics:

    -  Always follow the charging guidelines provided by the manufacturer.
       There are specific recommended charging times for each individual
       product that should be followed before the product is used for the
       first time.

    -  Never return a fully-charged battery to the charger for an extra
       boost.  This will shorten the life of the battery.

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

    -  Do not leave a rechargeable battery in the charger when it is not

    -  Let a discharged battery cool to room temperature before recharging.

    -  Recharge batteries only when they are close to being fully discharged.

    Rechargeable batteries should be recycled when they no longer hold a
charge, and the Call2Recycle program provides a free and convenient solution
for doing so. Consumers can simply drop their used rechargeable batteries and
old cell phones in branded Call2Recycle collection boxes at participating
retailers such as Canadian Tire, The Home Depot, Zellers, Sears and London

    Call2Recycle, a past recipient of the Canadian Council of Ministers of
the Environment Pollution Prevention Award, collected more than 256,000
kilograms of rechargeable batteries in Canada in 2008. Call 1-877-2-RECYCLE or
go to for more information or to find a nearby collection
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For further information:

For further information: Susan Antler for Call2Recycle,,
(416) 535-9210

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