Batteries Oh My

I work for a cell phone company. And it just occurred to me that people are so wasteful when it comes to there phones. I mean, I see the same people in the store every couple of months wanting to buy a new phone. There is nothing wrong with their old phone, it works fine, does the job, but for some reason, they have to drop hundreds of dollars on a new phone just because they like the looks of the latest and greatest.

It got me thinking. If Americans are going to be so greedy and wasteful, their has to be a place or an organization where people can recycle there old cell phones and or batteries. Putting used batteries and cell phones in our landfills pollutes our earth with unwanted toxins and fumes that then spread to the soil and cause harmful damage to our presouce, and very little soil that is left.

I started a bit of research on the web and found a company that will take your old cell phones and batteries and recycle them, or dispose of them properly I should say.

Call2recycle.com is a great site that offers this service. The Recharable Battery Recyling Corperation or the RBRC. They recycle the following batteries...

>Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
>Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
>Lithium Ion (Li-ion)
>Small Sealed Lead* (Pb)

Since 1992, the company has recycled nearly 22 million pounds of rechargeable batteries. Over 300 companies support RBRC by placing a seal, or sticker on the battery to let consumers know that this battery is recyclable and gives a 1-800 to call for locations. What a fab idea!

The site comes with a handy search feature that allows you to enter your location to find the nearest drop off location. Or, you can call 1-800-8-battery or, 1-877-2-recycle.

So to make a long story short, their is no reason to throw a battery away when there is over 30,000 + locations to drop off these unwanted pieces of you know what.

1 comment:

sillygeese said...

its not just cell phone batteries that pollute our earth and landfills, its all batteries! We collect our batteries and drop them off at our local Radio Shack for proper disposal.