Call2Recycle partners with Save-On-Foods to increase battery recycling rates
Call2Recycle Canada Inc. has partnered with Save-On-Foods. This partnership will give Save-On-Foods customers an opportunity to return end-of-life batteries to their local store on their next shopping trip. The introduction of Save-On-Foods into the Call2Recycle network will also increase the number of drop-off locations for the stewardship organization, making it more convenient for Canadians to recycle their batteries in western Canada.
"We are pleased to partner with Save-On-Foods as part of our efforts to ensure that batteries are diverted from landfills and recycled in an appropriate fashion. Our mandate includes making it easier for Canadians to recycle batteries and by giving them the opportunity to drop batteries off on their next shopping trip to Save-On-Foods locations, customers are able to protect the environment effortlessly," said Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada.
Save-On-Foods launched its battery program at all 177 locations on May 30 to provide customers with the convenience of returning old batteries for recycling to their point of purchase. Collected batteries will be sent for processing, where valuable materials like metal alloys and plastics are retrieved and used to contribute to a circular economy. These types of materials produce new products like golf clubs, silverware, bikes, and even new batteries.
Save-On-Foods has a long history of working to align its corporate social responsibility with the societal and environmental concerns that matter to Canadians and people around the world. By partnering with Call2Recycle, Save-On-Foods is giving customers the platform to divert batteries from landfills and contribute to the circular economy in a manner that is approachable and accessible.
"Our customers raise important questions and bring forward local, provincial, national, and even global opportunities for our company to make a difference. We listen to them and take action," said Darrell Jones, president at Save-On-Foods. "This initiative is a great example of a way we can make it easier for customers who buy batteries to recycle them while we ourselves, as a business, continue to explore how we can evolve our activities to better engage with circularity and net-positive outcomes. It's truly a win-win," added Jones.
With a strong focus on advancing the circular economy in grocery, Save-On-Foods is testing and integrating a number of programs and approaches that focus on opportunities ranging from food waste to reusable packaging to multi-sectoral partnerships that enable the re-integration of ‘waste materials' into the value chain.