As we improved our collection and tracking systems, we nearly doubled the number of wood pallets we recycled during the fifth year of our nationwide pallet recycling program. Our stores and distribution centers recycled more than 475,000 tons — nearly 1 billion pounds — of wood pallets and cardboard in 2010. We also doubled the amount of shrink wrap and plastic bags we recycled as we raised awareness around our in-store recycling efforts.
To give our customers a variety of responsible recycling options, we expanded our appliance and Garden Center recycling programs. With the purchase of a new appliance, Lowe's will haul away and recycle customers' old appliances. In addition, customers can now drop off plastic plant trays, pots and tags for recycling at any Lowe's Garden Center in the continental United States.
Lowe's also made it easier for customers to make a difference by installing recycling centers in more than 1,700 stores throughout the United States. The permanent recycling centers, located at the store entrance, offer a free, convenient and easy way for customers to recycle rechargeable batteries, cell phones, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and plastic shopping bags. Lowe's stores in Canada also feature recycling centers to ensure CFLs and batteries are responsibly recycled.
Since 2004, we've helped keep more than 1 million pounds of rechargeable batteries out of landfills through our stores' participation in the Call2Recycle® program. Lowe's collected a company-record 392,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries from customers in 2010. Lowe's stores in Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth hosted collection drives as part of the MyCall2Recycle campaign. Lowe's helped the national campaign bring in more than 1.2 million pounds of rechargeable batteries between mid-July and October, surpassing the campaign goal of 1 million pounds.