Ten years after it began, DeWalt’s promise to offer easy recycling services for dead rechargeable tool batteries remains firm.
The Call2Recycle program, a collaboration between DeWalt and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), has been running since DeWalt first announced “National Power Tool Battery Recycling Month” in 2008. In that first year, RBRC reported collecting more than 6.3 million pounds of batteries through the Call2Recycle program.
The RBRC has also grown much larger and changed its name to the PRBA, The Rechargeable Battery Association. As battery-powered devices proliferate, recycling the materials becomes more urgent.
Dewalt takes its sustainability seriously, collecting its own batteries as well as batteries for other tools. Nickel-cadmium (Ni-Cad), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), and lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries from any manufacturer are eligible for recycling through DeWalt.
DeWalt continues to encourage the recycling of its batteries, instructing consumers to dispose of old batteries at DeWalt Service Centers on their website. The benefit to the company includes access to battery-making materials that can be reused at a lower cost than raw materials. Consumers and the planet benefit from lower long-term costs of batteries and reduced toxic waste in landfills.
Black and Decker, another founding member of the PRBA, offers battery recycling services to its customers. Black and Decker provides links to the Earth911 Recycling Search service to help locate recycling programs
The PRBA also includes companies that produce other kinds of rechargeable batteries, such as car companies, computer manufacturers, and battery companies.
For more information on the Call2Recycle program and a little information on how rechargeable batteries are recycled, check out this article from Sciencing.
Feature image courtesy of Mark Hunter
Editor’s note: Originally published on April 17, 2009, this article was updated in January 2019
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