For the back-to-school shopping waste - like from our electronic devices - can add up quickly. In fact, a recent survey conducted by BIGinsight for the National Retail Federation, found that nearly 60 percent of parents will purchase some sort of electronic device this year, up from 52 percent last year. With so many electronic devices powering up with rechargeable batteries, it's important that we recycle old and used batteries.
An easy way to recycle your old batteries is through Call2Recycle, a no-cost rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America and has over 30,000 drop-off locations for recycling rechargeable batteries across the country including retailers like RadioShack, Staples, The Home Depot, Best Buy and Lowe's.
Recycle Used Batteries During Back to School Shopping
STEP 1: Batteries and Cellphones Collected at Collection Sites
Collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada accept rechargeable batteries and cellphones for recycling from their employees or the public. There is no cost to recycle. Simply drop off at any Call2Recycle collection location.
Who can be a collection site? Businesses, retailers, communities, and public agencies can participate and recycle for free. You can choose to collect only from your staff or collect from the public. Sign up to become a Call2Recycle collection location.
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STEP 2: Collection Locations Ship Batteries and Cellphones to Recycling Facility
Collection sites ship batteries and cellphones for free to contracted sorting and recycling facilities. Collection sites setup with Call2Recycle's collection kit will automatically receive additional kits and materials when their inventory runs low. We also offer bulk shipping options. Learn more about becoming a participant.
STEP 3: New Products are Born
Precious metals recovered from used batteries create new batteries and stainless steel products. cellphones are recycled, refurbished and/or resold. When resold, a portion of the proceeds are donated to select charities. None of the broken down material makes its way into landfills. Since Call2Recycle was created in 1996, 70 million pounds has been diverted from being landfilled.
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