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Vermont collects 81,000 pounds of batteries in 2017

Note: Batteries do not belong in your recycling bin. Special drop-off recycling options exist. Learn more on the A-Z listing for batteries.

Call2Recycle, Inc., the appointed battery stewardship program in Vermont, is pleased to announce that 81,000 pounds of single-use (primary) batteries were collected by Vermonters in 2017, a 24% increase over 2016. Vermont was the first state in the U.S. to require producers to finance a collection and special recycling program for single-use (primary) batteries. Since Vermont’s program launch in 2016, more than 250,000 pounds of total batteries (single-use and rechargeable) have been recycled through this program.

“We are proud to see Vermonters taking the lead in battery recycling as we see statewide total battery collections grow,” said Todd Ellis, Director of Stewardship Programs for Call2Recycle, Inc. “We know that these recycling efforts will continue into 2018 and look forward to increasing awareness about battery recycling to our community members.”

Since 2016, more than 250,000 pounds of total batteries have been recycled through the Call2Recycle program.

The Call2Recycle® program provides easy and convenient recycling options to Vermont communities at no charge. There are over 200 public drop-off sites throughout the state and 98% of Vermonters live within 10 miles of a drop off station.

“Thanks to our partnership with Call2Recycle, battery collection numbers exceeded goals in 2017,” said Cathy Jamieson, Solid Waste Program Manager for the State of Vermont. “We are pleased to see the Vermont community take action in its commitment to keeping batteries out of landfills and hope to see continued participation in the year ahead.”

The continued year-over-year growth of the battery stewardship program is a result of collaborative relationships between Call2Recycle’s strong partnerships with collection partners, including municipalities, regional solid waste districts like CSWD, and participating retailers. See all drop-off locations and battery recycling in Vermont on the Call2Recycle website.

About Call2Recycle, Inc.

Call2Recycle, Inc., is committed to protecting and preserving the environment through collecting and recycling consumer batteries and cell phones. Founded in 1994, the not-for-profit organization works on behalf of stakeholders to provide its battery recycling program to consumers across the U.S. and Canada.

Visit www.call2recycle.org.

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