TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 17, 2014) - The launch of a national battery recycling initiative between the Government of Canada and Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. will soon provide improved options to properly dispose of used batteries. In late 2013, Call2Recycle® -- North America's first and largest battery stewardship program -- was selected as the preferred provider for battery recycling for Canada's federal government agencies and departments.
The 2014 roll-out of nationwide collections follows a successful pilot program and will collect consumer single-use and rechargeable batteries from various government buildings, which may include the Canada Revenue Agency, Corrections Service of Canada, Canada Border Services Agency, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Parks Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Transport Canada, the Department of Justice and more. The program will also serve military installations, federal office buildings, public works and government services offices.
With an established Canadian collections program in place since 1997, Call2Recycle Canada has been working with a network of retailers and municipalities for almost 20 years to divert more than 39 million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from landfills. The organization, which has its Canadian headquarters in Toronto and satellite offices in Vancouver and Quebec, increased collections nationwide by 43 percent in 2013 alone.
"Consistent with our work with various other levels of government, the formal addition of the federal government complements our existing expansion of public and non-public collection sites," explains Joe Zenobio, executive director, Call2Recycle Canada, Inc. "As the thousands of people across the country employed by national government start to contribute to the program, it will be exciting to see how much we can collectively divert from landfills."
About Call2Recycle Canada, Inc.
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 over 39 million kilograms of batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established 34,000 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. Learn more at call2recycle.ca or call 1.888.224.9764.