Under the partnership, Panasonic and Call2Recycle will work with Panasonic’s power tools customers to place Call2Recycle’s collection boxes at plant assembly lines to collect used rechargeable batteries from cordless tools. Users of Panasonic power tools in North America will have easy access to recycling batteries on the plant floor.
Call2Recycle will recycle all rechargeable batteries packs and cells—including Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride), Ni-Cd (Nickel Cadmium), Ni-Zn (Nickel Zinc), Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) and SSLA/Pb (Small Sealed Lead Acid)—up to 11 pounds.
The initiative creates a single umbrella program to replace the current patchwork of recycling programs across customer sites. The used batteries will be shipped from the plant to an approved battery processor, which will convert them into new materials used in new batteries or steel alloy. All recycling occurs in North America, and all parts of the battery are responsibly diverted from the landfill. No waste materials are exported out of the country.
“Cordless power tools have been rising in popularity in assembly applications,” says John Olson, industrial sales manager at Panasonic. “This program takes the next step and delivers a complete solution for keeping rechargeable batteries out of trash and repurposing them for new uses. It’s one more piece of the recycling puzzle at Panasonic.”
Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, says that with Panasonic’s support, Call2Recycle has recycled more than 75 million pounds of batteries since its inception. The companies say the partnership has helped them take positive action to promote sustainability through responsible recycling.