June 28, 2004

Comtrex joins Charge Up to Recycle! program with rechargeable battery credit campaign

Comtrex Communications, in Toronto, has joined the North America-wide Charge Up to Recycle!(R) program that helps businesses, communities and individuals conveniently recycle their used portable rechargeable batteries. Until October 31, 2004, Comtrex will be helping its customers recycle their used batteries by conducting a "battery credit and recycle program."

Comtrex supplies radio and cellular products to a diverse group of users, including police, casinos, hotels, governments, military, fire departments, facilities and transportation authorities. During the campaign, the company will pay for the first shipment of batteries sent to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) for recycling. Comtrexp will give its customers a credit ($37.50 plus GST) for the cost of their first RBRC collection, to be applied on their next purchase/invoice. "While the batteries we sell can be recharged up to 1,000 times, eventually over time can no longer hold a charge. Now instead of throwing the batteries away, our customers can recycle them through the award-winning Charge Up to Recycle! recycling program," said Comtrex president Richard Myers.

Nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), lithium ion (Li-ion) and small sealed lead (Pb) portable rechargeable batteries (i.e. weighing less than one kilogram/two pounds) are commonly found in electronic products such as cellular and cordless phones, laptop computers, cordless power tools, two-way radios and camcorders. The RBRC program diverts these batteries from landfills, processing them to reclaim useful materials which can be used to make stainless steel products and new rechargeable batteries.

Under the program, businesses pay the cost of shipping their used rechargeable batteries to the RBRC consolidation facility in Fort Erie, Ontario. The RBRC covers the additional costs of shipping the batteries to the U.S. recycling facility and recycling them. Participation in the recycling program is free of charge for communities and public agencies, with the RBRC providing pre-paid courier collection containers.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the RBRC is a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to rechargeable battery recycling. It is funded by more than 300 manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products. The Charge Up to Recycle! program currently has some 30,000 participating retail and community battery collection locations throughout Canada and the U.S.

Businesses interested in signing up with the RBRC program through the Comtrex Communications offer may call toll free 1-866-887-8116. More information is available from Comtrex president Richard Myers, 416/531-6400, E-mail rmyers@comtrexcommunications.com, Web site www.comtrexcommunications.com; or Susan Antler, the RBRC's Canadian program co-ordinator, 416-535-9210, E-mail santler@rbrc.ca, Web site www.rbrc.org.

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