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Call2Recycle and partners motivate battery users to clean, renew, recycle and win!
Call2Recycle Canada, North America's first and largest consumer/business battery stewardship organisation, has announced its 2016 Spring Cleaning Campaign, offering consumers and businesses across Canada a chance to win prizes for sharing their recycling stories while doing their annual Spring Cleaning.
Every Spring, millions of Canadians declutter rooms, clean out dusty corners, and discard old items for new ones - and of course businesses are replacing batteries all the time. One common item that should not be overlooked is used batteries.
As Canadians head to retailers for cleaning supplies, tools and ideas for summer projects, Call2Recycle and its partners are reminding them to drop off any used batteries that weigh less than 5kg in Call2Recycle boxes at participating stores. Those that send in their recycling stories and battery recycling photos at www.call2recycle.ca from now until 20th May, 2016, are eligible to win eight gift cards of $100 each - plus of course they will be doing the environment a big favour.
Many retailers such as Best Buy, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, London Drugs, Rona, Staples, The Home Depot, as well as municipalities and businesses, partner with Call2Recycle to offer free battery and cellphone recycling. Batteries collected through the programme are diverted from landfills and reclaimed for use in new batteries, cookware, appliances and hardware. Canadians can easily find their closest drop-off location by visiting call2recycle.ca/locator.
"Our Spring Cleaning campaign is a great opportunity for us to keep battery recycling top of mind by reminding people to recycle," says Joe Zenobio, executive director, Call2Recycle Canada. "We are proud to partner with retailers, businesses and municipal organisations that share our vision for safer, cleaner communities.
Through the efforts of Call2Recycle's partners, more than 5.7 million kilograms of batteries were diverted from landfills in 2015. These organisations are setting a strong example of environmental consciousness, and demonstrate that together we can all have a tremendous impact on our surroundings. As more partners join the free Call2Recycle battery recycling programme, Canadians will be able to divert more and more batteries from landfills-and their homes and business premises won't be the only thing cleaner each Spring.
In a recent initiative that's part of the Call2Recycle scheme, residents and businesses of Mississauga, Ontario, pulled out all the stops to propel the Millcreek Branch of DeWalt service centres to the top of the pack in the 2015 DeWalt/Call2Recycle Battery Trade-In event. At the end of the yearlong battery collection competition, Millcreek had amassed an impressive 2,866kg of used batteries-besting last year's winning total by more than 270kg!
Building on the success of the first battery return event in 2014, DeWalt and Call2Recycle collaborated once again to encourage consumers and businesses to bring their used batteries to DeWalt locations in 2015. As an enticement, DeWalt offered customers a 10% discount on the purchase of a new DeWalt power tool battery when they recycled their used rechargeable batteries. Residents and businesses across Canada responded enthusiastically, diverting 15,527kg of used batteries from landfills throughout the competition. Call2Recycle Canada facilitated the collection and recycling of the batteries.
"I congratulate the Mississauga residents who contributed to the Millcreek branch's success in the 2015 Battery Trade-In event, and I applaud everyone across Canada who participated in this year's competition," said Joe Zenobio, Executive Director, Call2Recycle Canada, as the winner was announceed. "Our partnership with DeWalt demonstrates that educating consumers-and a little friendly competition-is a great formula to move more batteries away from our landfills and put them back to good use."
Adeeta Bandoo, corporate environmental, health & safety regional manager - Canada, Stanley Black & Decker Canada, added: "DeWalt locations have collected more than 30,000kg of used batteries in the last two years. We are extremely proud of our collection program's success.
"DeWalt remains steadfast in its commitment to sustainability and supporting Canadians to responsibly dispose of the rechargeable batteries that power our products. Our partnership with Call2Recycle allows us to offer convenient, no-cost battery recycling to our customers, so it's a win for us, for our customers, and for the planet."
Image: Call2Recycle account manager Tyrone Biljan with the winning team from Dewalt's Millcreek branch
31st March 2016