Thursday, April 7, 2011
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County Celebrates the Environment on Earth Day and Every Day with Battery Recycling Program
Schuyler County Cornell Cooperative Extension has recently partnered with Call2Recycle® to offer a FREE rechargeable battery and cell phone recycling program in Schuyler County. Call2Recycle® is the only free battery and cell phone collection program in North America and has been responsible for diverting over 60 million pounds of rechargeable batteries from landfills since 1994.
Rechargeable batteries contain heavy metals such as nickel, cadmium, mercury and lead which can be harmful to our water supply if not disposed of properly. “Right now many people just throw rechargeable batteries in the trash because they don’t know what to do with them,” says Jenna Hicks, Environmental Science Educator with Cooperative Extension. “This is something we hope to change. We realize that if the program isn’t convenient and free we will only get subpar participation, we want to address both of these issues and that is why we decided to work with the Call2Recycle® program.”
Collected materials are recycled into new batteries, stainless steel products and other items with nothing going to the landfill according to Call2Recycle®. “It’s a win- win situation. You reduce your garbage bill and save landfill space; what’s not to like?” asks Hicks.
Rechargeable batteries and cell phones can be dropped off Monday- Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Cooperative Extension office located in the Human Services Complex, 323 Owego Street, Montour Falls. For more information please contact Jenna Hicks at 535-7161 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.