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Recycling your rechargeable batteries and cell phones is easier than you may think!
Many manufacturers and retail stores have taken steps to provide an easy, convenient opportunity for you to get your rechargeable batteries and cell phones out of the waste stream and into the recycling stream, with no cost to you.
According to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), consumers use an average of six wireless products in their daily lives and cell phones are replaced every 18 to 24 months.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are currently 100 million cell phones ready for end of life management. This adds up to a considerable waste stream issue. The benefits of getting into the recycling stream include:
Plug-in To eCycling
EPA has launched a comprehensive recycling program called Plug-in to eCycling partnering with leading cell phone manufacturers, service providers, and retailers to encourage Americans to recycle their cell phones and accessories.
Where to Recycle Your Cell Phone
There are many places and ways to recycle your unwanted cell phone. Click on the following links to learn more about EPA's cell phone recycling program or find a recycling location near you.
Where to Recycle Your Rechargeable Batteries
The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) has established a program with the cooperation of numerous local retailers to serve as collection sites for rechargeable batteries and cell phones. RBRC is a non-profit, public service organization created to promote the recycling of portable rechargeable batteries and cellular phones.
RBRC recycles all types of rechargeable batteries commonly found in cordless power tools, cellular and cordless phones, small audio players, laptop computers, camcorders, digital cameras, and remote control toys.
How to find a RBRC collection site
RBRC maintains an easy to use website entitled Call2Recycle. To find a collection near you, simply type in your town name and state or type in your zip code and a mile radius within which to search for collection sites.
Retailers - How To Participate
Any business is eligible to participate as a RBRC collection site. To learn more about this program or to become a collection site visit the Call2Recycle website.
Why would a retailer want to serve as a collection site?