Streamlight, a leading manufacturer of professional-grade flashlights, is observing Earth Day by reminding flashlight users everywhere to keep rechargeable batteries out of the solid waste system by recycling them through a program called Call2Recycle. The national program is directed by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC).
Funded by Streamlight and other manufacturers and marketers of portable rechargeable batteries and products, the program lets consumers return their used Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and other rechargeable batteries to participating national retail chains such as The Home Depot, RadioShack, Circuit City, Best Buy, Lowe's, and Target. For the closest location, users can visit www.rbrc.org or call 1-800-8-BATTERY.
RBRC provides its battery recycling seals to licensees like Streamlight to imprint on rechargeable battery packs to ensure that returned battery packs are easily identified as recyclable by end users and retailers. The used batteries are sent to a metals recovery facility where cadmium and other materials are reclaimed and used to produce new products. While these heavy metals present no threat to human health or the environment when being used, they eventually will need to be replaced, and they can and should be recycled in order to preserve the environment. Since 1996, RBRC has recycled more than 42 million pounds of rechargeable batteries.
"Recycling rechargeable flashlight batteries is as easy as taking them to the nearest participating Call2Recycle national retailer," said Streamlight Chief Operating Officer Ray Sharrah. "We encourage rechargeable flashlight users to join with Streamlight and other manufacturers in protecting the environment by taking this simple step."
For more information visit www.streamlight.com or www.call2recycle.org.