Resources for Rotary Clubs

Host a collection event

Redwood and Rotary are creating recycling pathways for lithium-ion batteries and consumer devices.

We're encouraging U.S. Rotary Clubs to work with Redwood to host collection events and educate their communities about battery recycling. Our work together brings us one step closer to creating a domestic, circular supply chain to drive down the environmental footprint of lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicles and sustainable energy storage systems they power.

Email to host a collection event in your community.

Recycling Resources

How to host a battery recycling drive and engage your community.

What's inside

  • Volunteer form

  • Checklist

  • News article

  • Media alert

  • Social media

  • Event promo poster

  • Sandwich board poster

Volunteer form

Collection checklist

News article

Social media template

Sandwich board poster 24x36

Event promo poster 18x24

Event promo poster 8.5x11

Tabletop sign 8.5x11

Partner resources

Learn more about Rotary International’s Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG)

Redwood Consumer recycling program

The largest source of lithium and cobalt are in the junk drawers of America. We recycle phones, laptops, tablets, power tools and any other battery or lithium-ion device.



Frequently asked questions & guidelines for recycling events

1. What is a lithium-ion battery? Battery chemistries explained.

Lithium-ion batteries have the characteristics of high power density, long life, low self-discharge, and low maintenance. Most are rechargeable, unlike single-use alkaline batteries.  Lithium-ion is the most common type of rechargeable battery for portable electronics, with one of the best energy-to-weight ratios, high open circuit voltage, low self-discharge rate, no memory effect, and a slow loss of charge when not in use. They are used in products such as electric vehicles, laptops, smartphones, electric toothbrushes, electric shavers, handheld vacuums, and power tools (see graphic).

2. Why is recycling batteries and devices important?

  • Keeps end-of-life lithium-ion batteries out of landfills, where they are prohibited because they are toxic and flammable.

  • Helps increase the security of U.S. supply chains for raw battery materials. 

  • Supports domestic remanufacturing of lithium-ion batteries.

  • Reduces the need to mine from the earth.

3. What is accepted at a collection event?

As part of this recycling program, we will be collecting all household items that contain a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. This includes:

  • old mobile phones

  • electric toothbrushes

  • hair clippers

  • electric shavers

  • laptops

  • power tool batteries

  • Bluetooth speakers

  • cordless vacuum batteries

  • e-bike batteries

  • wireless headphones

4. What is not accepted at a collection event?

Redwood does not recycle eWaste.  We are only taking rechargeable products that contain lithium-ion batteries. 

Here are a few items that are considered eWaste and we CANNOT accept:

  • Flat screen TVs

  • Printers

  • Copiers

  • Circuit Boards

If it requires a plugged-in cord to operate, we cannot accept it. We’re only accepting wireless products with rechargeable batteries. 

5. Do I need to bring the charger and other accessories for the device I’m recycling?

No, you don’t need to bring the charger or any other accessories to recycle your device.

6. Is my data safe? How does Redwood destroy it?

Before dropping off a personal device, you should always sign out of all your accounts, remove the SIM card and perform a factory reset to remove all personal data. Once received and unboxed at Redwood, devices are secured until they are processed, ensuring any remaining personal information is completely destroyed. Individuals recycling devices are responsible for wiping any personal data from devices prior to dropping them in the Collection Bin.   

​Factory reset instructions:

7. Do I need to remove the battery from the device before dropping it into the battery collection bin?

No, you can drop the entire device into the bin.

8. What does Redwood do with my battery?

Redwood’s technology can recover, on average, more than 95% of materials like nickel, cobalt, copper, aluminum, lithium and graphite in a lithium-ion battery. These materials can then go directly back into the supply chain to make batteries for new electric vehicles and energy storage products. 

9. How many batteries and devices can I drop in the bin?

You may drop in as many devices or batteries as you like.

10. Does my local garbage facility not accept lithium-ion batteries?

Many do not accept lithium-ion batteries, and those that do so require you to remove the batteries from the device. The local municipalities are supportive of our work to educate consumers and host events specifically for lithium-ion batteries.

11. Can we partner with the local waste management company or City/County to host an event?

Yes, we encourage you to do so as these joint events prove to have the biggest success. Partnering with the local waste management company or a county/town “clean-up” day is more convenient for most consumers allowing them to drop off multiple items (old clothes, e-waste, batteries) at one location.