Fairfax County Wins 2016 Leader in Sustainability Award

March 31, 2017
For Immediate Release

Fairfax County Wins 2016 Leader in Sustainability Award

For the second year in a row, Fairfax County has earned a Leader in Sustainability Award as a top performer in Call2Recycle's battery and cellphone recycling program. Using 274 collection boxes placed at 10 sites, the county collected nearly 11,500 pounds of batteries. This represents a 706 pound increase from 2015.

 Fairfax County Wins 2016 Leader in Sustainability Award

Call2Recycle is a not-for-profit organization funded by the battery industry to provide battery and cellphone recycling programs across North America. In 2016 Call2Recycle collected nearly eight million pounds of batteries, and nearly 129 million pounds since its inception 21 years ago.

According to Earth911, a website that promotes reducing waste, there are about three billion batteries purchased per year in the U.S. alone and about 10 billion worldwide. Collection and recycling batteries prevents the potential release of toxic chemicals into the environment. Batteries and cellphones collected by Call2Recycle are recycled into new products such as silverware, golf clubs, steel, sunscreen, road aggregate, and new batteries.

Solid Waste Management Program Director John Kellas said, "Any time we can help reduce waste and increase recycling, and it's as easy as taping up the box and sending it back, we're more than happy to lend a hand. Fairfax County's participation in Call2Recycle's program is making a difference."

The Leader in Sustainability Award recognizes program participants for their commitment to recycling. Notable Fairfax County agencies contributing to this achievement include Fire and Rescue, the Police, the County Radio Center, and Fairfax County Public Schools. Solid Waste Management Program staff from the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services manage the county's participation in the program.

Fairfax County residents are encouraged to bring used batteries and cellphones to the Solid Waste Management Program's household hazardous waste collection sites at the I-95 landfill complex and I-66 transfer station. Both locations accept button, rechargeable, mercury, and lithium batteries only. Alkaline batteries can be disposed of with regular trash. Information for managing all types of batteries is available here.


Fairfax County Wins 2016 Leader in Sustainability Award


Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711


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