SOURCE: Call2Recycle

Call2Recycle

September 09, 2014 10:00 ET

Call2Recycle, Inc. Names Leo Raudys Vice President

As Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary, New Appointment Seeks to Grow Its Influence Within Environmental Conservation and Product Recycling

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - September 09, 2014) - Call2Recycle, Inc., the most successful battery stewardship organization in North America, today announced that noted environmental and sustainability expert Leo Raudys has been named vice president of program development. Raudys is known for his expertise on environmental public policies, and building and managing major sustainability programs for a major retailer.

In this newly created position Raudys will be responsible for exploring and developing new growth areas outside of Call2Recycle's traditional consumer battery collection program. 

Raudys has an extensive track record in product stewardship, having directed the environmental sustainability portfolio for Best Buy, Inc. from 2009-2013. With Best Buy, Raudys is credited with building and managing one of the most successful electronics recycling programs in the Unites States, with more than 800 million pounds of consumer goods recycled during his tenure with the company. Prior to that, he worked at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, including nearly three years as deputy commissioner, where he was responsible for many of the environmental policies and programs for the state. Raudys has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Corporate Environmental Management for the University of Minnesota. He will continue to be based out of Minneapolis in his new role with Call2Recycle. 

"Leo's experience in building and directing sustainability programs in the public and private sector adds a rich perspective and valuable insight into how we can expand our service to other important environmental challenges," stated Carl Smith, CEO & president of Call2Recycle, Inc. 

"As Call2Recycle looks to expand its current program reach, Leo's established credentials and thought leadership in sustainability will help guide us into new frontiers," said Smith. "We believe the model we have created for consumer battery retailers over the past 20 years could be replicated to serve other industries in need of better and more comprehensive recycling programs."

"This is an exciting time for product stewardship and Call2Recycle will play an important role as the conduit for government regulators, consumers and retailers to develop robust take back programs," said Raudys. "The public is more concerned than ever before about our environmental future. I look forward to applying my product stewardship background to furthering Call2Recycle's mission." 

About Call2Recycle, Inc. 
Founded in 1994, Call2Recycle -- North America's first and largest consumer battery stewardship program -- is a non-profit organization that collects and recycles batteries at no cost for municipalities, businesses and consumers. 2014 commemorates Call2Recycle's 20th anniversary of product stewardship excellence. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted more than 85 million pounds (39 million kilograms) of rechargeable batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established over 34,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more at call2recycle.org.

Contact Information

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    Jake Lynn
    Environics Communications
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    (202) 296-2002

    Jennifer Childress 
    Director, Communications & Promotion 
    Call2Recycle 
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    (678) 218-4580