More than 44,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries have been recycled so far this year in New York City, according to Call2Recycle. That total represents a 13 percent increase over last year.
New York City mandates rechargeable battery recycling and requires all retailers in the city that sell the devices to collect them for recycling. “New York City has demonstrated a consistent commitment to the environment, first by requiring battery recycling and then by subsequently growing collections year over year,” said Carl Smith, president and CEO of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp., which operates Call2Recycle, in a press release. “By participating in this initiative, New Yorkers are helping to ‘green’ their city by keeping tons of solid waste out of landfills. This city is poised to set the precedent for battery recycling across the nation as more people become aware and decide to participate.”
Call2Recycle is a free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program.