Call2Recycle urges recycling with holiday shopping
By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling
With consumer electronics expected to account for a third of all holiday spending, Call2Recycle is urging consumers to recycle their obsolete devices and used batteries responsibly.
Specifically, the organization is urging consumers to participate in "Drop and Shop" collection programs, where used batteries and electronics can be deposited at collection sites located at retail stores. Call2Recycle recently conducted a survey of consumers in North America and found that 54 percent of those surveyed in the U.S. – and 45 percent in Canada – view retailers as a key source of recycling information. The organization hopes to use the holiday shopping season as a way to promote recycling.
Call2Recycle maintains a network of 30,000 collection sites, many of which are located with retail partners such as Radio Shack, Home Depot, Staples, Best Buy, and others.
The organization is also offering some tips to help consumers remember to recycle this holiday season, including creating a separate bin in your kitchen or garage for electronics, setting a digital alarm or reminder to bring your material to a collection site, regularly cleaning old items out of drawers and closets, and replacing rechargeable batteries in bulk after recycling.