What happens when you recycle batteries with Regional Recycling
What happens to batteries after you drop them off at Regional Recycling? They begin a fascinating journey through the recycling process, with the metal and chemical by-products eventually winding up in new products and the remaining waste safely disposed of according to international recycling standards.
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Regional Recycling partners with Call2Recycle to recycle batteries. Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle—North America’s first and largest battery stewardship program—is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers.
Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 39 million kilograms (85 million pounds) of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 8,000 collection sites throughout Canada and the U.S. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification.
Call2Recycle follows three simple steps when recycling batteries and cellphones.
- Collection: Retail stores, small and large businesses, cities, towns and government agencies collect batteries (up to 5 kg) and cellphones at their locations. Collected items are then shipped to Call2Recycle partners, such as Retriev Technologies, Newalta and Laurentide Re-Sources.
- Sorting: Retriev Technologies, Newalta and Laurentide Re-Sources receive the batteries at their warehouses, record details about the weight and battery types of the shipment, then separate the batteries by chemistry. Cellphones are sent to the The Wireless Alliance for recycling.
- Process and Recovery: The batteries are now ready to be processed. Specific chemistry batteries are shipped to appropriate specialty processors. The processors extract usable chemicals and metals to be used in the manufacture of new products. Cellphones are either refurbished and resold or recycled, with the proceeds used to fund the cellphone collection program and educational outreach. Waste products are responsibly and safely disposed of according to Responsible Recycling (R2) and Basel Action Network (BAN) standards. All recycling occurs in North America, and nothing is disposed of in a landfill. No waste materials from the recycling process are exported out of the country.
Learn more about how to recycle batteries, contact call2recycle.ca or 877-646-4025. Follow at facebook.com/call2recycle or twitter.com/call2recycle. – See more at: http://www.call2recycle.ca/who-is-call2recycle/#sthash.Wh28XIGj.dpuf
This article was compiled using direct quotes and information from the Call2Recycle Website. Call 2 Recycle is a Stewardship that works directly with Regional Recycling ensuring the responsible recycling of batteries and cell phones.