RBRC recognizes community programs in Seattle, Sarasota, Kansas City and Westmorland-Alberta for their leadership in recycling rechargeable batteries
ATLANTA, October 7, 2003 – The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries, today, presented the Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Management program with its 2003 “Community Recycling Regional Leadership Award” at the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association conference.
Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Management Program, Kansas City, Missouri:
Enrolled in the RBRC program since April 2000, the Kansas City Household Hazardous Waste Management Program efforts to educate community members and collect used rechargeable batteries have included:
- Collecting over 1,500 pounds of rechargeable batteries;
- Partnered in mobile electronics collections events, and held multiple mobile HHW collection events
“It is very important to make recycling available and easily accessible to our residents,” said Bill Lewry, Special Waste Division, City of Kansas City. “Our goal is to make it as simple as possible for the residents of Kansas City to be environmentally friendly and the RBRC program is an easy way to recycle rechargeable batteries that are used on an everyday basis.”
“The city of Kansas City has shown that they are committed to taking the necessary steps to provide residents with an easy way to recycle rechargeable batteries,” said Ralph Millard, Executive Vice President, RBRC. “Seeing a local community step up and take the initiative to recycle rechargeable batteries is what the RBRC program is about and it is encouraging to see that it is working.”
The RBRC Community Recycling Leadership Award recognizes RBRC community program participants for their outstanding efforts in rechargeable battery recycling. Each year, one community program is awarded the National Leadership Award and three programs receive the Regional Leadership Award. The City of Seattle was awarded the National Leadership Award and the Sarasota Hazardous Waste Management Program and the Westmorland-Alberta Solid Waste Corporation were also recognized with the Community Recycling Regional Leadership Award.
The RBRC rechargeable battery recycling program is available to communities and public agencies without any associated fees. Since 2001, over 350 local communities have signed on to recycle rechargeable batteries in their local communities, bringing the total number of participants to over 950 in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on implementing a community recycling program, contact RBRC toll free at 877-723-1297 or go to www.rbrc.org
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.