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Special to OWMA News
By Linda Gabor, VP of Marketing and Customer Service at Call2Recycle

What would your life be like without batteries? Look around you and count how many of the items in your home use batteries – from cell phones to tablets to remote controls and power tools. Batteries are a convenient source of portable power for today’s electronics. But they are also a significant source of waste.

To help divert more batteries from disposal, Call2Recycle launched its second “Lead The Charge” campaign earlier this month to raise awareness on Feb. 18, National Battery Day, about the importance of collecting and recycling used batteries.

National Battery Day is a day to celebrate the important role of the battery in our lives and inspire us to keep them out of the landfill by recycling them at the end of their useful life.

Battery recycling is increasingly important to:

  • Prevent the potentially hazardous metals some batteries may contain from harming the environment due to improper disposal;
  • Reduce waste and divert batteries from landfills; and
  • Conserve valuable, natural resources

On National Battery Day, Call2Recycle encouraged Canadians to collect used household batteries (under 11 lb.) and take them to a Call2Recycle drop-off site.

Those celebrating this occasion were also encouraged to discuss recycling battery with their family and friends while raising awareness on social media using the hashtag #NationalBatteryDay and #ChargeUp2017.

The campaign partners include a vast network of retailers, businesses and municipalities, which collect batteries and cellphones for Call2Recycle.

Call2Recycle recently announced a record-breaking 6.3-million kilograms (14-million pounds) of batteries collected in 2016. This major environmental achievement marks the 20th consecutive year the organization has generated a year-over-year increase (since collections began in 1996) in the volume of batteries diverted from landfills and recycled.