Released by the City of Ottawa
OTTAWA, June4, 2003 – As part of Environment Week, the City of Ottawa and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation thanked its Take-It-Back (TIB) retail partners today. Councillor Peter Hume, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee gave certificates of appreciation to TIB retailers who accept used rechargeable batteries for recycling. Guy Lafleur, spokesperson for the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) joined the Councillor at this event.
“TIB retailers are an invaluable link in the recycling process,” said Councillor Hume. “Their involvement provides a convenient way for residents to drop off their used rechargeable batteries for recycling.”
While the blue and black box program diverts a lot of material from the landfill, there are some items that cannot go in these boxes such as rechargeable batteries. Many residents found it inconvenient to get to the Trail Waste Facility to dispose of hazardous materials, so the City developed the TIB Program. Retailers in the program pledge to accept waste materials from their customers and take full responsibility for proper disposal.
One of the partners contributing to the TIB Program is the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). RBRC is a non-profit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries in an effort to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream.
“It should be everyone’s goal to be an environmental champion,” said Guy Lafleur. “And recycling used rechargeable batteries is an easy way to score one for the environment.”
Another convenient way of disposing rechargeable batteries and other household hazardous waste is to visit a one-day depot. The next depot wraps up Environment Week, Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Federal Government parking lot between 405 Rochester Street and 550 Both Street.
This is the announcement in the City of Ottawa’s 100 in 200 Campaign. Every day, the City makes significant investments in the things that matter most to people, including: public health, green spaces, safety, public services and public transit. This Campaign, which continues until Thanksgiving 2003, highlights the scale and scope of these initiatives, and demonstrates how the City constantly works to make Ottawa a greener and better community for everyone.
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) is a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. There are over 30,000 retail and community battery collection locations throughout Canada and the U.S. that participate in RBRC’s battery recycling program. RBRC is funded by more than 300 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products. RBRC’s public education campaign and battery recycling program– Charge Up to Recycle!® – is the result of the rechargeable power industry’s commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the solid waste stream. Consumers can find the nearest drop-off location by going online at www.rbrc.org or calling toll free 1-800-8-BATTERY.
Call2Recycle is the industry’s first and only product
stewardship program for rechargeable batteries. The nonprofit program
is administered by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
(RBRC), a public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery
recycling. There are more than 30,000 Call2Recycle drop-off locations
throughout the U.S. and Canada. More than 175 manufacturers
and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products show
their commitment to conserve natural resources and prevent rechargeable
batteries from entering the solid waste stream by funding the
Call2Recycle program. In pursuit of its mission, Call2Recycle also
collects old cellphones, which are either recycled or refurbished and
resold when possible with a portion of the proceeds benefiting select
charities. For more information, call 877-2-RECYCLE or visit www.call2recycle.org.