July 31, 2006

Rechargeable battery collection shows 6.4% rise in first half of 2006 over same period last year

ATLANTA, GA-Quantities of rechargeable batteries collected for recycling in Canada and the U.S. during the first half of 2006 increased by 6.4% over the same period last year, says the Atlanta-based Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC). The not-for-profit organization's Call2Recycle(tm) program collected a total of 2.4 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from collection points throughout Canada and the U.S. The group attributes the increase mainly to the larger number of collection sites through participation by retailers, businesses, communities and public agencies. Since January, RBRC says the number of sites has grown by 4,466, an increase of 10%. Another contributing factor is California's new Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act, 2006, which requires California retailers who sell rechargeable batteries to provide a free take-back/recycling program for consumers. In order to comply with the legislation, a growing number of retailers and licensees in that state have signed on to the RBRC program. More information is available on the RBRC Web sites, www.rbrc.org, www.call2recycle.org.

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