Check Recycling Off Your Holiday "To-Do" List

Check Recycling Off Your Holiday "To-Do" List 
Informed Consumers Can Make Shopping Trips Work Harder by Remembering
the Recyclables 
ATLANTA, GA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 --  During the busy holiday
season, it's easy to forget about helping the environment. Yet, this
season Call2Recycle(R), a product stewardship organization managing
the only no-cost battery and cell phone collection program in North
America, makes it easier than ever to "drop and shop" by offering
convenient on-site recycling collection points at many stores where
consumers are already going for holiday purchases.  
According to a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association,
overall consumer holiday spending is expected to increase 11% this
year, with spending on consumer electronics expected to account for
nearly a third of all gift spending. Three in four (76 percent) of
gift giving adults plan to purchase consumer electronic products as a
gift this year. 
This level of consumption means many old batteries and cell phones
will be ready to be recycled. Major retailers such as RadioShack, The
Home Depot, Staples, Best Buy, and Lowe's, all offer in-store
collection, making it an easy task to incorporate into a holiday
shopping trip. 
"RadioShack is proud to offer our customers a convenient and
responsible way to divert rechargeable batteries from the waste
stream," said Jackie Kimberling, Vice President Distribution Support
and Compliance Services at RadioShack Corp. "With nearly 4,500
convenient locations nationwide, it just takes a minute to drop off
used spent rechargeable batteries and cell phones while shopping for
holiday gifts." Through its partnership with Call2Recycle, RadioShack
Corp and its dealer stores have collected over 6.4 million pounds of
rechargeable batteries since 1996. 
Last year Americans spent an average of 19 hours holiday shopping,
and an additional three hours waiting in line, according to Consumer
Reports.  Many of these consumers likely spent time at a retailer
with a take-back program: recent survey data reports that 80% of
consumers have positive feelings about stores that offer such
programs.* "By making it easy and convenient, we are dramatically
expanding consumer participation in collection and recycling
programs," says Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle. "As
more locations offer busy consumers ways to incorporate recycling
into their regular shopping activity, the practice will become habit,
contributing to a healthier environment."  
Through its partnerships with retailers and communities, Call2Recycle
continually works to enhance its collection network to provide
consumers with various recycling options. Ninety-one percent of the
U.S. population has access to a Call2Recycle battery collection
location within ten miles of their residence. 
Call2Recycle has developed some tips to help busy consumers check
"recycling" off their holiday to-do list. 

--  Your "4thBin" - set up a bin or bag (ideally near your front or back
    door) for your family to leave recyclables
--  Sound the alarm - On your smartphone or computer, set up a regular
    reminder to gather up your rechargeable batteries to take to your
    local retailer
--  Regularly clean out the junk drawer - On a regular basis, task a
    family member with going through the junk drawer for recyclables and
    other unused or old items
--  Keep your errand list on hand at all times - This will help you
    prioritize stops; make one retail trip work harder
--  Replace rechargeable batteries in bulk - If you have just dropped off
    six batteries for recycling, buy a dozen. You will likely save money
    and time as well as prevent family member complaints

Call2Recycle maintains a network of over 30,000 collection locations
across North America providing a no-cost and convenient way to
recycle cell phones and rechargeable batteries found in electronic
products, such as laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras,
cordless power tools and two-way radios. For more information and to
find local drop-off locations, visit 
About Call2Recycle(R)  
Call2Recycle is the only free rechargeable battery and cell phone
collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has
diverted 70 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from the solid
waste stream and established a network of 30,000 public collection
sites. Advancing green business practices and environmental
sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting
eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell
phones. It is the first program of its kind to receive the
Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2) certification. Learn
more at or 877.723.1297. Become a follower or fan at or 
* Research Source:
 2012 Omnibus, Attitude & Usage study and
Qualitative research commissioned by Call2Recycle, and conducted by
IPSOS, a global independent market research company. 
Marijane Funess 
Crenshaw Communications 
Linda Gabor
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