Allan Gerlat, News Editor

February 5, 2013

1 Min Read
Batteries Collected for Recycling Hit Record Total (with video)

Batteries collected for recycling in North America rose 16 percent to a record 10 million pounds in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to Call2Recycle.

California and Canada led the increase, each collecting for recycling more than 1 million pounds, said the Atlanta-based Call2Recycle in a news release.

California became the first state in program history to achieve the milestone, as collection from the municipal and manufacturing sectors rose 23 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

In Canada battery collection grew by 56 percent, led by Quebec, which had an increase of more than 357 percent from the previous year. The province chose Call2Recycle to be its official battery recycling program, in support of Quebec’s extended producer responsibility regulation.

Call2Recycle is a non-profit product stewardship organization that offers no-cost battery and cell phone collection through a network of more than 30,000 retailers, municipalities, businesses and public agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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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