Call2Recycle is an important of consumer education and awareness to positively impact recycling practices. Further, we have some interesting results from a recent survey, commissioned by Call2Recycle and conducted online by The Harris Poll, around consumer battery recycling habits in the U.S. It is attached and/or available online here.  

A few key takeaways include:

  • 90% of Americans say they only put items in a recycling bin/container if I believe they are recyclable.
  • More than 2 in 5 Americans who have curbside recycling (42%) have put plastic bags in, about 1 in 3 (31%) placed empty greasy pizza boxes in, and close to 1 in 5 (16%) have put batteries in curbside recycling receptacles 
  • Majority of Americans don’t think or are unsure if single-use & rechargeable batteries are recyclable; about 3 in 10 (30% and 27%, respectively) don’t believe they are recyclable and another roughly 3 in 10 (27% and 29%, respectively) are not at all sure
  • Among those who store no longer working batteries in their home, nearly 2 in 5 (39%) do so because they are unsure of what to do with them; only about a quarter (28%) are holding them for a future recycling trip

Statement:

Our recently commissioned survey conducted online by The Harris Poll revealed key insights regarding consumer recycling behaviors. From this data pulse, we can see how ‘wishful recycling’ is impacting the recycling landscape and trickling down to consumer battery management. The findings reinforce the need for continued consumer education and awareness to positively impact recycling practices. Earth Day is a great platform to remind consumers about proper battery management and how their efforts affect the planet. – Linda Gabor, EVP External Relations, Call2Recycle, Inc.

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