Battery Recycling- Be green, See Green
By Jamie Marturano
Technology with a shelf life is the best kind of technology to sell. Fortunately for retailers, rechargeable batteries have their limits. When the batteries can no longer hold a charge, the consumer heads right back to your store to buy more. And the old rechargeables, hopefully, are recycled, as is required by the Universal Waste Rule for Ni-Cd and lead batteries.
And then there are cell phones. According to INFORM, there are approximately 200 millions cell phones in use in the United States, and 130 million phones will be retired each year. NOP World found over 40 percent of Americans replace their cell phones about every two years and roughly 20 percent replace them annually, driven more likely by the allure of ever-changing technology than by a measurable shelf life.