Vermont Firms Pick Call2Recycle to Run State Battery Recycling Program

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

March 25, 2015

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Vermont Firms Pick Call2Recycle to Run State Battery Recycling Program

Vermont electronics and retail companies have named Call2Recycle Inc. to manage the United States’ first state battery recycling program.

An initial 11 companies chose the Atlanta-based consumer battery stewardship organization to develop, implement and promote a program for collecting and recycling spent primary batteries. The law mandating single-use battery recycling takes effect in Vermont Jan. 1, 2016.

Call2Recycle will submit a plan by June 1 on behalf of the companies, as required by Vermont law, according to a news release. The companies are Ace Hardware Corp., Dorcy International, Duracell/The Gillette Co./Procter & Gamble, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Interstate Batteries Recycling, Panasonic Corp., Polaroid, Rayovac/Spectrum Brands, RiteAid, Sony Electronics and Varta Microbattery.

Call2Recycle has served Vermont for 21 years with free collection and recycling and rechargeable batteries. It currently has nearly 100 drop-off sites within 10 miles of 86 percent of Vermont residents. The group is working with a range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand battery recycling in the state.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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