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Agency Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Recycling

 cell phone battery

The Call2Recycle® program is a free program set up by rechargeable battery manufacturers to facilitate the recycling of rechargeable batteries and cell phones. For batteries not accepted under the Call2Recycle® program, such as large non-automotive (lead acid) batteries and alkaline batteries, as well as rechargeable batteries, city agencies may use the agency safe handling contract. Please note, alkaline batteries may also be disposed of in the regular trash.

types of rechargeable batteries
materials of concern in rechargeable batteries 
materials of concern in cell phones
how to set up your agency with Call2Recycle 

recycling other batteries
battery tips 
laws governing battery disposal 

How to Set Up Your Agency for Call2Recycle

  1. Sign up online for the Call2Recycle program at leaving NYCWasteLess.
  2. Fill out the online form. You will receive your free collection containers by mail
  3. Educate the employees within your agency about the program.
  4. Collect rechargeable batteries, and follow handling and packaging procedures, which may include placing each battery in a separate bag.
  5. When the rechargeable battery collection box becomes too heavy to lift (about 40 pounds), mail it back to Call2Recycle using the prepaid shipping label on the box. When Call2Recycle receives your full box, they will automatically send you a replacement. 
  6. If you have large quantities of rechargeable batteries to discard and want to set up a bulk shipping system, contact Call2Recycle at the toll-free telephone number, 877-723-1297, and request bulk shipping info. Callers can leave a message, or speak with a representative, during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm).
  7. To order more collection boxes, use the Call2Recycle order form leaving NYCWasteLess.


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