Administrative Services

MATERIEL

STATE RECYCLING

Dry Cell Batteries

With its eye on the environment, The State of Nebraska has joined a national program called Charge Up to Recycle!® to conveniently recycle their used rechargeable batteries.

Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead* (Pb) rechargeable batteries are commonly found in many portable electronics used in businesses such as cellular phones, laptop computers, two-way radios, bar code readers, and portable printers. Rechargeable batteries are also found in household electronics such as cordless telephones, cordless power tools and camcorders. When the battery is no longer rechargeable, State Agencies can now recycle it.

The State of Nebraska and other businesses nationwide are working in cooperation with the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Cooperation (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization that operates the Charge Up to Recycle! ® program. By participating in the RBRC Program, Nebraska is helping to conserve the earth’s natural resources and to prevent rechargeable batteries from entering the country’s landfills.

To participate all an agency needs to do is contact the State Recycling Coordinator at 402-471-2431. Provide your mailing address and a person of contact. She will contact RBRC who will send your agency collection boxes with prepaid, pre-addressed shipping labels. They will also include safety instructions and plastic bags for each battery. All your agency has to do is put the batteries in the box and send them back to RBRC. RBRC PAYS FOR SHIPPING AND RECYCLING. When RBRC receives your agency's box full of batteries they will send you an empty box to be filled at your agencies leisure. This program is designed to be easy and economically efficient. If you have questions or just want more information visit the RBRC website at http://www.rbrc.org/index.html or contact the State Recycling Coordinator at the number listed above.

RBRC's Charge Up to Recycle!® program is designed to keep rechargeable batteries out of the solid waste stream, adhering to the federal and state laws requiring the proper disposal of some types of used rechargeable batteries. This program offers Nebraska the tools to implement a simple, no cost recycling plan.