BALTIMORE - DEWALT, a leading manufacturer of power tools, has announced a national battery-recycling program that will take place at DEWALT’s 82 service centers nationwide throughout the months of October and November. DEWALT, in conjunction with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. (RBRC), hopes to encourage the professional contractors who use its nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH), and lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries on a daily basis to recycle their old units.

Through the program, users who recycle their Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, or Li-Ion DEWALT power tool batteries at one of the company’s service centers will receive a $10 discount to put toward their next DEWALT battery purchase.

The RBRC, a non-profit public service organization dedicated to recycling used rechargeable batteries and old cell phones, will provide DEWALT with recycling bins to place in each of its 82 service centers. RBRC will then collect the batteries and recycle them for future use through its Call2Recycle® program.

“We understand that our rechargeable batteries are in the hands of thousands of professional contractors across the country every day,” said Frank Mannarino, VP of cordless product development for DEWALT. “That said, we feel responsible for making battery recycling programs accessible to our end users, and we are excited to support this initiative for a third time. During the last event in October 2008, RBRC saw a 26 percent spike in pounds recycled by DEWALT compared to the previous month, so our hope is to make an even greater impact this year.”

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Publication date:10/05/2009