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January 19, 2004
Rechargeable battery recycling increases 22% in 2003
ATLANTA, GA-2003 was a landmark year for the rechargeable battery recycling industry, the non-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) reported last week. More than four million pounds of rechargeable batteries were collected in the U.S. and Canada last year, up 22% from 2002. "Since 1995, RBRC has recycled a total of over 21.9 million pounds of rechargeable batteries, said Ralph Millard, RRBC executive vice president. Other highlights from 2003 include the waiving of fees for public agency programs (i.e. hospital, police and fire departments no longer pay shipping fees for rechargeable batteries collected from mission-critical equipment), and the re-launch of the RBRC Web site, www.rbrc.org. Improved features include an expanded database, new information on community and public agency recycling programs, and program information in French, Chinese and Spanish. Visits to the site increased by over 66% in 2003. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, RBRC works with national retailers, businesses and community recycling programs to set up convenient drop-off facilities for used rechargeable batteries. Among the participating retailers are The Home Depot, RadioShack, Sears, Staples and Wal-Mart.