Delta gleans green award

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The Corporation of Delta was recently recognized with Call2Recycle’s Leader in Sustainability award for 2013. Call2Recycle, B.C.’s product stewardship program for household battery and cellphone recycling, honours organizations that demonstrate the strongest commitment to sustainability through their consistent participation.

“Thanks to the efforts of our residents and businesses, this is the third year in a row Delta has been recognized,” said Mayor Lois Jackson. “We are committed to helping residents dispose of hazardous materials by offering convenient, free battery recycling drop-off locations at our facilities.”

Joe Zenobio, executive director of Call2Recycle Canada, said 2013 was an extraordinary year for battery recycling in Canada.

“Thanks to organizations such as The Corporation of Delta, we have achieved the 17th consecutive year of increased collections,” he said. “More than five million kilograms of batteries were diverted from the landfill.”

Delta started collecting household batteries prior to the introduction of the Call2Recycle provincial program. Since 2010, more than 8,000 kilograms (approximately. 17,637 pounds) of hazardous batteries and cellphones have been recycled from Delta facilities, including recreation centres, libraries, seniors’ centres and the municipal gall.

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