According to Call2Recycle the collection of used batteries in North America reached 10 million pounds in 2012, a 16 percent increase from 2011 figures.
The organization, which operates programs to collect batteries and cell phones throughout North America, attributes the sharp increase in collection figures to a banner year in California and Canada, each of which collected more than one million pounds. California became the first state in program history to top the one-million pound collection mark. The 11 percent statewide growth came from the municipal and manufacturing sectors, which increased by 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively.
In Canada, Call2Recycle says its battery collection program grew by 56 percent. The company attributed much of the increase to the expansion of its collection program in the province of Quebec, where Call2Recycle was selected by RECYC-QUÉBEC to serve as the official battery recycling program for the province. As of July 2012, Call2Recycle began accepting single-use household batteries for recycling in support of the provincial extended producer responsibility regulation. As a result, 2012 collections in Quebec rose by 357 percent over the 2011 figure.
“Our 2012 performance is vitally linked to the support of our program participants, consumers and key constituents,” says Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle. “Without their environmental commitment, we would not be able to continue successfully collecting, transporting and recycling the millions of pounds of batteries across the U.S. and Canada.”