Atlanta–Call2Recycle, Inc. , North America’s first and largest consumer battery stewardship organization, has been selected by 11 initial companies to develop, implement and promote a mandated single-use battery recycling program in Vermont.
Vermont is the first state to require single-use manufacturers to develop a program for collecting and recycling spent primary batteries (including AA, C, D, and other household alkaline batteries), removing them from local landfills. This innovative recycling law goes into effect January 1, 2016.
As required by the Vermont law, Call2Recycle will submit a plan by June 1, 2015, on behalf of the following companies, which currently include: Ace Hardware Corporation, Dorcy International, Duracell/The Gillette Company/Procter & Gamble, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Interstate Batteries Recycling, Panasonic Corporation, Polaroid, Rayovac/Spectrum Brands, RiteAid, Sony Electronics, and Varta Microbattery.
For 21 years Call2Recycle has serviced the state of Vermont with free collection and recycling of rechargeable batteries. Building on its current network of nearly 100 drop-off sites within 10 miles of 86 percent of Vermont residents, Call2Recycle will continue to make it easy and convenient to recycle batteries. Call2Recycle is working with a variety of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for expanding battery recycling in Vermont. Upon approval, Vermont residents will be able to recycle their single-use batteries beginning January 1, 2016.
Call2Recycle has led a nationally embraced stewardship program for collecting and recycling batteries and cellphones since 1994. It recently celebrated a significant milestone when the organization announced that 100 million pounds of used batteries had been diverted from landfills and responsibly recycled during the past 20 years due to their stewardship work.
“Millions of single-use batteries used to power toys, flashlights, wireless devices and other consumer products are thrown away every day, when they could be diverted from landfills for recycling,” said Carl Smith, CEO & president of Call2Recycle, Inc. “We applaud Vermont for addressing this issue and look forward to working with state government and our partners to implement a recycling program in the months ahead.”
“Furthermore, Call2Recycle is prepared to do the same for other states who adopt similar legislation, and one day have every state committed to recycling single-use batteries just as paper, aluminum and other post-consumer materials are recycled now,” Smith said.