Call2Recycle Challenge – Recycle 1 Million Pounds of Batteries

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cell phones, watches, laptop computers and portable power tools.  These batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel which can contaminate the environment if they are not disposed of properly.

Rechargeable batteries in cell phones, cameras, laptops

Earlier this week Call2Recycle launched a nationwide battery recycling campaign aimed at educating the public about the importance of rechargeable battery recycling.  The campaign, called MyCall2Recycle, has three components – online contests, in-store giveaways and a cross-country collection drive.  The organization hopes to collect one million pounds of rechargeable batteries between now and October 1, 2010.  So gather your old batteries and cell phones and bring them to one of the 30,000 drop-off locations!

For the first MyCall2Recycle online contest create a video finishing the sentence “My Call 2 Recycle is…”, submit it here and then vote for your favorites – winners will receive cutting-edge wireless gadgets.

Battery recycling collection boxesThe in-store giveaways will be announced first to Call2Recycle’s Facebook fans and Twitter followers.  Look for drop-off boxes at retailers like Best Buy, Orchard Supply Hardware, RadioShack, Apple Retail Stores, Sears, Lowes, Hope Depot and Target.  For a location near you click here.

For more information visit Call2Recycle’s website or go to MyCall2Recycle to find a drop-off location and enter the video contest.

Battery recycling flow chart

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