Friday, September 12, 2008

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) Expands Collection Program for the First Time in Seven Years

PRNewswire/ -- The Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a nonprofit, public service organization dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries, has expanded its rechargeable battery collection program for the first time in seven years to encompass a new chemistry, Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn). Ni-Zn is now the fifth rechargeable chemistry recognized by RBRC, joining Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium-ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) rechargeable batteries.

Representing more than 350 manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, RBRC licensees comprise more than 90 percent of the rechargeable battery industry. PowerGenix, a manufacturer of non-toxic, safe, high performance rechargeable Ni-Zn batteries, has become the first manufacturer of Ni-Zn technology to become involved in RBRC's Call2Recycle program. The Ni-Zn rechargeable batteries will be branded with an RBRC Battery Recycling Seal, letting consumers and businesses know that they may be recycled at more than 50,000 RBRC collection sites in the U.S. and Canada.

"Since launching the program in 1996, we have collected more than 42 million pounds of rechargeable batteries through Call2Recycle," said Greg Broe, Interim Chief Operating Officer, RBRC. "Expanding the scope of the program to include the Ni-Zn battery chemistry is a logical response to advancements in the portable power industry and the proliferation of new battery chemistries in the marketplace."

"RBRC serves a valuable role, joining the world's major rechargeable battery manufacturers into a single body committed to act responsibly in support of proper resource utilization and environmental care," explained Dan Squiller, CEO of PowerGenix. "Licensing with RBRC is an important step in helping consumers identify local recycling opportunities available to them and positioning Nickel-Zinc to become a mainstream battery chemistry."

RBRC's Call2Recycle is the most comprehensive rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program available nationwide. The program provides a convenient way to collect and recycle old cell phones and used rechargeable batteries found in cordless electronic products, such as laptop computers, cordless power tools, two-way radios, cordless phones, cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders. For more information and to find drop-off locations in your area, visit www.call2recycle.org or call toll free at 877-2-RECYCLE for local retailers and community centers that collect used rechargeable batteries.
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