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National Battery Day Sparks Recycling Initiative, New Video

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Call2Recycle and Essential Energy Everyday are capitalizing on the national day.

Call2Recycle, a battery recycling and product stewardship program, announced that it is leading a nationwide effort to recycle batteries on National Battery Day (February 18). Battery recycling is offered year-round; however, only 41 percent of the U.S. participates in battery recycling programs.

“The many benefits that batteries provide reinforce the vital role they play in our world,” said Linda Gabor, vice president of marketing and customer service for Call2Recycle, in a statement. “The freedom to go unplugged also comes with the responsibility to ensure the proper and safe disposal of batteries when they reach their end of life. National Battery Day serves as a reminder that recycling used batteries is an easy, year-round action that’s good for the environment.”

In addition to the Call2Recycle initiative, Essential Energy Everyday has released a new video, entitled “Storing Tomorrow’s Power Today,” to promote the use of lead batteries.

The video highlights a variety of uses for lead batteries, powering a variety of items from vehicles and forklifts to military technology.

“Our industry is leading the green energy storage revolution,” said Jeff Elder, president of Battery Council International (BCI), in a statement. “Over the past 16 years, we have invested more than $50 million to improve the lifetime, performance and reliability of lead batteries, transforming their ability to fulfill the needs of ever-changing and more demanding applications. Today, we provide over 75 percent of the world’s energy storage capacity, and look to play a larger role in helping renewable energy storage facilities reliably deliver clean energy to more people. We’re pleased to release this new video, ‘Storing Tomorrow’s Power Today,’ in conjunction with National Battery Day to highlight some of the hidden ways lead batteries power our society today, and the innovative ways lead batteries will continue to provide essential energy storage in the years to come.”

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