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Vermont Adopts Call2Recycle’s Consumer Battery Stewardship Plan

Later in February, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources approved Call2Recycle’s five-year non-rechargeable battery recycling program.

This partnership will allow Vermonters to continue recycling their primary (non-rechargeable) batteries free of charge.

Vermont was the first state to establish a battery recycling program in 2015. One year later, Call2Recycle became the state’s official partner. The company provided collection, management, and recycling of primary batteries.

Call2Recycle reports that since the program’s launch, Vermonters have recycled more than 450,000 pounds of mostly alkaline and lithium non-rechargeable batteries.

As part of a sustainable economy, batteries are collected, sorted and processed by chemistry. The elemental metals in batteries are extracted and used in the manufacturing of new products, including asphalt, sunscreen and stainless steel products. Responsibly managing batteries at their end-of-life is not only good for the environment, but also keeps them out of the garbage where they can overheat or short circuit and cause fires that could endanger individuals and surrounding property.

Leo Raudys, CEO & President of Call2Recycle, Inc., says that Call2Recycle is proud to continue the partnership with Vermont.

Solid waste management districts, major retailers, and local hardware stores have been working together on this, and now 98% of Vermonters live within 10 miles of a public collection site. 

Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen's readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.

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