Philadelphia, PA - Pennsylvania residents collected more than 400,000 pounds of batteries in 2017 – diverting them from landfills! The efforts of Pennsylvania residents and others contributed to the collection and diversion of 8 million pounds of batteries in the U.S. in 2017 through the Call2Recycle program, North America’s first and largest consumer battery recycling program.
Rechargeable battery use is on the rise: 95% of Americans own a cellphone and almost 50% own e-readers or portable tablets. Lithium ion batteries, which power popular products like laptops, cellphones and cordless power tools, retain a residual charge even when they appear “dead” that can be dangerous if not handled properly. It is essential not to trash these batteries and for the public to responsibly recycle them.
I hope you’ll consider a story on Pennsylvania being our #7 state for battery recycling last year. You can find a news release on the top 10 states here. If you’re interested in speaking with someone from Call2Recycle, I would be happy to put you in touch.