The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation announces partnership with premier retail electronics provider
ATLANTA, July 5, 2006 – Fry’s Electronics, a premier retail electronics provider for the hi-tech professional, and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, today announced the rollout of RBRC’s rechargeable battery recycling program, Call2Recycle™, in all of Fry’s California locations.
Starting July 1, RBRC’s rechargeable battery drop-off boxes will be in all California Fry’s Electronics stores, which will enable customers to drop off their used rechargeable batteries commonly found in portable electronics products, such as power tools, cordless phones, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and cellphones.
“We are pleased that Fry’s California stores are becoming part of our Call2Recycle™ program,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “With free and easy enrollment, our program is the perfect solution for California retailers looking to become compliant with the new rechargeable battery recycling act.”
Effective July 1st 2006, retailers of rechargeable batteries in the state of California will be required by law to recycle all rechargeable batteries according to the “Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006” (A.B. 1125). RBRC has made it easy for retailers to comply with the new laws.
Dedicated to serving the hi-tech professional since 1985, Fry’s prides itself on being the place where a technical customer can shop with confidence and comfort. Fry’s continues to keep hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace. Fry’s retails over 100,000 electronic items within each store, now totaling 32 nationwide.
“We pride ourselves on offering a superior experience for our customers,” said Lisa Souza, Enterprise Risk Manager of Fry’s Electronics. “By joining the Call2Recycle program, we are now able to provide another service to them, namely, the ability to recycle their used rechargeable batteries.”
Now, even more locations to recycle
With 16 Fry’s stores in California, the RBRC/Fry’s program adds to the 30,000+ sites throughout the U.S. where consumers can drop off their used rechargeable batteries.
To find a nearby participating Fry’s store in California, click on “Store Hours and Locations” at www.frys.com. For other drop off locations, consumers can simply call toll-free 1-877-2-RECYCLE or log on to www.call2recycle.org, type in their zip code, and they are given a list of participating retailers and community collection sites. The program is free of charge to consumers.
About Fry’s Electronics
Fry’s was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-Tech Professional. Fry’s continues to keep hi-tech professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace. Fry’s retails over 100,000 electronic items within each store, now totaling 32 nationwide. There are currently 7 stores in Northern California, 9 stores in Southern California, 8 stores in Texas, 2 stores in Arizona, and 1 store each in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The stores range in size from 50,000 to over 180,000 square feet. Fry’s also provides customers with added shopping opportunities via its online center at Fry’s Outpost.com.
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.