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Recycle Your Used Battery Products

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Leitz has partnered with Call2Recycle in the US and Canada to make it easy for you to dispose of your 3-in-1 Charger or USB Charger batteries.

Call2Recycle has over 30,000 partner locations across North America, Click Here to see the nearest location.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who is Call2Recycle®

Call2Recycle is the only free rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America. Since 1996, Call2Recycle has diverted over 75 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from local landfills and established a network of 30,000 recycling drop-off locations. Advancing green business practices and environmental sustainability, Call2Recycle is the most active voice promoting eco-safe reclamation and recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones. Call2Recycle, Inc. is a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. 

How does the program work? 

As our world goes wireless, retailers, corporate offices, communities and public agencies are becoming increasingly aware of the need to recycle the rechargeable batteries that power the items used in day-to-day operations and life. More than 30,000 businesses and organizations across the U.S. and Canada understand the need to recycle rechargeable batteries and cellphones, and have enrolled in our program to serve as collection sites. 

Consumers can collect rechargeable batteries and cellphones that are no longer being used, then visit call2recycle.org or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE to find a nearby public drop-off location that accepts them free of charge. The collection site ships the batteries and cellphones at no cost to our recycling partner. 

Many corporate offices, healthcare facilities, military bases and other businesses or public agencies serve as private Call2Recycle collection sites to collect and recycle the rechargeable batteries and cellphones used in their daily operations. 

How is the program funded? 

Collecting and recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones through Call2Recycle is completely free to collection sites and consumers. Call2Recycle is funded by product manufacturers across the globe committed to environmentally-sound recycling of rechargeable batteries and cellphones. These manufacturers place the Call2Recycle Battery Seal on their rechargeable products and batteries, letting users know that the batteries need to be recycled rather than thrown in the trash. 

How can a business, community or public agency become a collection site? 

Please visit our website to request information or call 1-877-2-RECYCLE. 

Why is recycling rechargeable batteries and cellphones important? 

Like newspapers, glass and plastic, rechargeable batteries can and should be recycled. Consumers use an average of six wireless products – which are powered by rechargeable batteries – in their day-to-day lives, and over 43 percent of people replace their cellphone every two years. Rechargeable batteries and cellphones can contain metals that may be harmful to the environment if sent to landfills, but when recycled properly, can be reclaimed and used to make new products. Additionally, some cellphones can be given a new life by being refurbished and resold. The Call2Recycle program keeps millions of pounds of batteries from entering the solid waste stream each year, preserving natural resources and helping to fulfill the mission for a more sustainable earth. 

If the batteries are rechargeable, then why do we need to recycle them? 

Most rechargeable batteries can be recharged up to 1,000 charges – between two and five years depending on frequency of use, proper handling and charging – but eventually they will no longer hold a full charge and must be replaced. That is when they can and should be recycled. ©2013 Call2Recycle® All Rights Reserved 

What happens to the batteries and cellphones once they are collected? 

Once collected, the batteries are sent to INMETCO, our recycling partner located in Ellwood City, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh. There they are sorted by chemistry and melted down to make new products such as new batteries or stainless steel items. Metals that are reclaimed from batteries during the recycling process include: 

Cadmium – Found in Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) batteries, Cadmium is used to make new Ni-Cd batteries or as a stiffener in materials such as cement. 

Cobalt – Found in Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries, Cobalt is used to create new Lithium-based batteries. 

Lead – Found in Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) batteries, Lead is used to make new batteries. 

Nickel – Found in Ni-Cd, Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) and Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn) batteries, Nickel is used in steel alloy products. 

Cellphones are refurbished and resold when possible. A portion of the proceeds received from the resale of phones benefits select charities. Those that cannot be refurbished are recycled. 

How do I know which rechargeable batteries can be recycled? 

Call2Recycle accepts all rechargeable batteries up to 11 pounds including Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li-Ion, Ni-Zn and SSLA/Pb. 

What types of products are powered by rechargeable batteries? 

There are many common household cordless electronics powered by rechargeable batteries, including but not limited to: cellphones, cordless power tools, laptop computers, digital cameras, two-way radios, mp3 players and cordless phones. 

What types of cellphones can be recycled? 

Call2Recycle accepts all cellphones, with or without batteries, regardless of make, model or age. 

Does Call2Recycle collect single-use batteries? 

While Call2Recycle encourages consumers to recycle, as the product stewardship organization for the rechargeable battery industry, the program only collects rechargeable batteries and cellphones in the United States. Consumers looking to recycle single-use batteries should contact their local solid waste department. Call2Recycle does operate a single-us battery collection program in all provinces of Canada. 

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