Panasonic, Call2Recycle Partner on Battery Recycling Initiative

Panasonic’s Power Tools Division and Call2Recycle recently teamed up to launch a new rechargeable battery recycling initiative.

September 12, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Panasonic’s Power Tools Division and Call2Recycle, Atlanta, have announced a partnership that will collect and recycle used rechargeable batteries. The Power Tool Division manufactures construction and assembly tools that include cordless shut-off tools, low torque cordless clutch tools, cordless non shut-off tools and rechargeable batteries. Call2Recycle is a product stewardship program that ensures that rechargeable batteries are properly recycled. Panasonic is a founding member of Call2Recycle and longtime licensee, helping to fund Call2Recycle’s recycling programs.

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.