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Call2Recycle

June 28, 2013 08:00 ET

Today: Seattleites Converge at Westlake Park to Weigh-In on Battery Recycling

Environmentally-Committed Residents, Businesses and Communities Join John Curley to Help 'Tip the Scale' on Battery Recycling Day

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Jun 28, 2013) - Residents are encouraged to do their part for the environment by bringing their old batteries to Westlake Park in celebration of the second annual Battery Recycling Day. The event, hosted by Call2Recycle® -- North America's first and largest consumer battery stewardship program -- honors communities and residents who have made recycling and reducing landfill waste a priority.

The celebration is an opportunity for residents to scour their homes for old batteries and bring them to help "Tip the Scales," a battery collection challenge with special guest and Emmy Award-winning Seattle media personality, John Curley. The activities and fun will include the announcement of the winner of the "Greenest Seattle Neighborhood" competition.

Battery Recycling Day 2013 has been embraced by Seattle's local businesses, libraries and the community-at-large who are working together to promote environmentally responsible end-of-life disposal of batteries. The event highlights the importance of battery recycling which ultimately reduces the amount of solid waste and potentially harmful materials that go into local landfills.

The collection event is today at Westlake Park (401 Pine St., Seattle) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Tip the Scale Challenge with John Curley: Noon - 2 p.m. Collected batteries will be placed on Call2Recycle's custom-built, super-sized 16-by-9-foot scale. Each battery donated will help lift Curley off the ground and "tip the scales" for battery recycling.
  • Greenest Seattle Neighborhood Award: Noon. The Seattle Public Library put battery collection boxes at six different branches across the city. The neighborhood that collected the most batteries will be crowned the greenest in Seattle by Call2Recycle.
  • Prize Drawings: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Those who bring batteries to the event can spin the prize wheel and be rewarded for recycling.

"Seattle is an environmentally-conscious city and a natural location to promote community-focused battery recycling," said Jennifer Childress, director of marketing and communications for Call2Recycle. "We fully expect to raise John Curley off the ground and raise awareness about the environmental benefits that battery recycling provides to communities and families everywhere!"

All types of household batteries, up to 11 pounds, will be accepted for recycling, including both rechargeable and alkaline batteries.

Questions about batteries or the event? Tweet @Call2Recycle using hashtag #TakeCharge

About Call2Recycle®
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. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 75 million pounds of rechargeable batteries and cellphones from the solid waste stream and established 30,000 collection sites throughout the U.S. and Canada. It is the first program of its kind to receive the Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification. Learn more at call2recycle.org or 877-723-1297. Follow at facebook.com/call2recycle or twitter.com/call2recycle.