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News In Focus: e-scrap processors: Certification scorecard

Certification scorecard

With the roster of companies attaining third-party certifications or audits continuing to grow, E-Scrap News has compiled a roundup of the firms announcing certification this past week. Read the full story on Resource Recycling 

October 29, 2015


Plastics Recycling Update Magazine: Research: Mixed-waste MRFs recover more plastics

Research: Mixed-waste MRFs recover more plastics

According to the findings, a single-stream facility serving a community of 650,000 would recover 4,084 tons of plastics per year. A mixed waste operation, meanwhile, would recover 11,399 tons of plastics annually, an 179 percent increase.


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E-Scrap News Magazine: ISRI, OSHA team up on safety

ISRI, OSHA team up on safety
"We know that further efforts are still needed," stated Doug Kramer, who is chair of ISRI and president of Los Angeles-based Kramer Metals. "Now with the support of OSHA behind us, ISRI will be able to provide even greater resources for our members to ensure their workers return home safely to their families every night."

By Editorial Staff, E-Scrap News 

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What’s New with Call2Recycle’s Sorters and Processors?

What’s New with Call2Recycle’s Sorters and Processors?

INMETCO_Boxes_SortWhen Call2Recycle’s collections hit 100 million in 2014, we celebrated our 20th year of collections growth. However, along with this milestone comes a challenge: Making sure our sorting and processing infrastructure is just as robust to handle our continued increase in collections.

Managing back-end recycling operations is an important aspect of Call2Recycle’s operations. We want to ensure battery materials are recycled properly and waste is disposed of responsibly. We depend on service providers that follow the recycling and waste disposal protocols outlined by the Responsible Recycling (R2) and Basel Action Network (BAN), the world’s strictest standards for environmental safety and social responsibility.

To handle this anticipated growth, we kicked off an RFP process to seek sorting and processing providers for single-use and rechargeable batteries collected in Canada and the US late in late 2014. More than 30 interested proponents (from the US, Canada and internationally) responded.

We are now in the midst of an extensive review process that relies on the expertise of independent advisors to ensure transparency and fairness. The selection criteria is based on a combination of environmental result, safety and compliance, risk, customer service, cost and other factors. A committee of both Call2Recycle staff and independent advisors will announce the final selections beginning in late 2015 through early 2016.

For more information about the role of processors and sorters in the battery recycling process, click here.

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Call2Recycle Speaks Out to the Environmental Community

Call2Recycle Speaks Out to the Environmental Community

ZeitungenWhile educating consumers about the importance of battery recycling is our focus, just as important, is sharing our expertise with the sustainability industry. Since the start of 2015, we wrote or appeared in several articles on topics from product stewardship to take-back programs and collection best practices. Our aim is to help environmentally-committed audiences understand the battery perspective as part of the broader recycling landscape and to share our best practices. You can read more by clicking on the links below.

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Austin Residents Checked Out Books and Checked In Your Batteries!

Austin Residents Checked Out Books and Checked In Your Batteries!

View the challenge results summary in this infographic

To increase consumer awareness about the importance of battery recycling to the environment, the City of Austin, Texas, and Call2Recycle sponsored the Austin Recharge Challenge from Aug. 17 to Sept. 18. City residents were asked to bring their used single-use and rechargeable batteries to one of 21 neighborhood library branches or other Call2Recycle drop-off locations.

The campaign was a tremendous success, with almost 6,000 lbs. (2,722 kg.) of batteries collected in just four weeks. The North Village library branch won the challenge by collecting 1,042 lbs. (473 kg.) of batteries, followed closely by Spicewood Springs with almost 900 lbs. (408 kg.). As the top battery collector for the challenge, North Village was awarded a $ 1,000 grant to be used for a sustainable project such as a bike rack or outdoor bench.

“The Austin community showed its strong sense of community spirit by recycling used batteries to help its library system,” said Tim Warren, account manager, Call2Recycle. “Because participation increased this year, we were able to collect more batteries than last year. The word about battery recycling continues to spread.”

The city and Call2Recycle combined social media efforts on Twitter, using the handle #AustinRecharge. The campaign reached more than 40,000 people. Call2Recycle also posted an Austin Recharge Challenge web page for additional information on the city’s recycling program.

Austin ships up to 2,000 lbs. (907 kg.) of rechargeable batteries per month to Call2Recycle, an amount that almost tripled during the four-week campaign. Since 1999, Austin’s residents have recycled more than 460,000 lbs. (207,292 kg.) of batteries through its recycling program. The campaign is part of the city’s Zero Waste Master Plan, which aims to reduce the amount of trash sent to landfills by 90% by 2040.


From left to right, Brandi Bruton, representing Mayor’s Office (green shirt) Mindy Reed, Librarian and retail manager Recycled Reads, Bob Gedert, Director, Austin Resource Recovery, Bobby Baker, Environmental Program Specialists Sr. Austin Resource Recovery, Michael Abramov, North Village Library Manager, Kenneth Hicks, Operator, Austin Resource Recovery, Tim Warren, Account Manager at Call2Recycle, Leslie Pool, City Council Member for District 7 and Kanya Lyons, Public Information Specialist for Austin Public Libraries.

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Unilever exec: Achieving zero waste ‘required collaboration and negotiation’

Unilever's chief supply chain officer explained to BusinessGreen how the company achieved zero waste-to-landfill in Europe. 

Unilever has announced that it achieved its goal of zero waste in Europe, meaning that the company did not send any waste to the landfill from its owned or operated premises, logistics operations, or distribution centers. Read the full story Waste Dive – Latest News

NYC small businesses getting trashed by waste management: report

The report from the Transform Don't Trash NYC coalition surveyed 400 small business owners in 20 neighborhoods. Most responded that they are charged "arbitrary prices rather than standard rates," while 61% of the owners said they do not even have a waste management contract.

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Vermont approves nation’s first mandated battery recycling program

Call2Recycle is implementing the program in Vermont on Jan. 1, 2016. 

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Special US DOT Permit Granted to Call2Recycle’s Collection Program

Special US DOT Permit Granted to Call2Recycle’s Collection Program

dotlogoCall2Recycle works closely with the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) to ensure the safe collection and recycling of batteries. In June, the US DOT granted Call2Recycle® a special permit that lifted several restrictions on used battery shipments. The resulting changes make the program more convenient and easier to manage for collection sites.

Here’s an overview of the changes for preparing batteries for shipment:

All US Jurisdictions (except Vermont)

If you use the Call2Recycle collection box, the following changes should reduce the amount of time needed to prepare the batteries for shipping:

  • You no longer need to tape or bag dry-cell Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) or Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable batteries under 9V.
  • You can mix battery chemistries that require bagging or taping with those that don’t.
  • You can now ship non-spillable small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries weighing up to 25 lbs. (11.4 kg.).
  • If your site elects to participate in Call2Recycle’s primary battery solution or you have single-use batteries that inadvertently end up in the collection box, here are a couple changes:

    • Single-use batteries (up to 12V) no longer need to be taped or bagged.
    • Lithium primary batteries with up to 25 g (0.88 oz.) of Lithium metal content, such as those found in medical devices, can now be accepted.


Vermont Recycle Map GradientAs the first state to require both rechargeable and single-use battery recycling, Vermont program participants will greatly benefit from the new US DOT requirements. The following changes apply only to sites that use the Call2Recycle box for collecting both types of batteries:

  • Single-use batteries accepted within the program parameters do not need to be bagged or taped. They can be mixed with rechargeable batteries that require bagging or taping within the same box.
  • Lithium primary batteries with up to 25 g (0.88 oz.) of Lithium metal content, which includes those typically found in medical devices, and non-spillable small sealed lead acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries weighing up to 25 lbs. (11.4 kg.), can now be accepted.

For more details on the types of batteries collected or the programs offered by Call2Recycle, click here. Call2Recycle will continue its efforts to increase awareness of battery recycling in our communities and to improve program safety and efficiency.

If you have questions, contact Call2Recycle Customer Service via email or by phone at 877.723.1297.

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