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    Rayovac Celebrates Earth Day

    Apr 18, 2012

    RAYOVAC® CELEBRATES EARTH DAY

    Importance of using and recycling recharging batteries emphasized

    MADISON, Wisconsin, April 18, 2012 – With costs seeming to rise everywhere around us, it’s important to try to save money in as many places as possible. But with Earth Day approaching, many consumers also want to do what they can to help the environment, which is not always an easy feat while also trying to save money. Luckily, Rayovac rechargeable batteries help the consumer save green by being green.

    Lifetime Value

    Rayovac rechargeable batteries are a great value for high drain devices used every day, such as a wireless computer mouse, video game controllers and digital cameras. While the cost of rechargeable batteries is greater upfront, the value is evident even as soon as a year after the initial purchase.

    Less money, less waste

    The added benefit on top of saving you money is saving the environment by throwing away less waste. The EPA estimates that more than 2.5 billion alkaline batteries – in addition to the packaging that contains them – are thrown away each year in the United States. Buying rechargeable batteries means fewer batteries purchased and less waste deposited in landfills.

    In addition, a 2007 study done by European Battery Company UNIROSS found that rechargeable batteries have up to 32 times less impact on the environment than disposable batteries based on 5 key indicators. Rechargeable batteries also have 30 times less impact on ozone pollution and 12 times less potential impact on water pollution than normal disposable batteries.

    Recycling

    While disposal regulations vary between states, the EPA suggests that rechargeable batteries be recycled when possible due to their heavy metal content and ability to be broken down and remade into working batteries. This includes rechargeable batteries made from Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-ion), and Small Sealed Lead (Pb).

    Contact your local government first to find out if a drop-off location exists near you. In addition, a battery retailer near you, such as Batteries Plus, may collect rechargeable batteries for recycling. If not, hold onto your used batteries until a household hazardous waste collection event is held and drop them off there. For more information about recycling and disposing of batteries, visit http://www.epa.gov.

    Celebrate Earth Outdoors

    In celebration of Earth Day, Rayovac is giving its Facebook fans a chance to win a stay at the KOA campgrounds of their choice this summer! Simply visit Rayovac’s Facebook page before April 30 to enter in the contest.

    About Rayovac

    Rayovac is a worldwide leader in battery power and innovation. Backed by a long history of bringing the latest innovations to the marketplace, Rayovac offers a full range of high-performance batteries to meet the power needs of today’s consumers. From long-lasting alkaline batteries to advanced green rechargeable technology to the world’s top-selling, longest lasting mercury free hearing aid battery, Rayovac’s state-of-the-art products offer more power for the money. The company also manufactures a wide selection of high-quality flashlights. For more information, visit www.rayovac.com.

    About Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc.

    Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., a member of the Russell 2000 Index, is a diversified, global consumer products company and a leading supplier of batteries, shaving and grooming products, personal care products, small household appliances, specialty pet supplies, lawn & garden and home pest control products, personal insect repellents and portable lighting. Helping to meet the needs of consumers worldwide, the Company offers a broad portfolio of market-leading and widely trusted brands including Rayovac®, Remington®, Varta®, George Foreman®, Black & Decker®, Toastmaster®, Tetra®, Marineland®, Nature’s Miracle®, Dingo®, 8-in-1®, Littermaid®, FURminator®, Spectracide®, Cutter®, Repel®, Hot Shot® and Black Flag®. Spectrum Brands Holdings' products are sold by the world's top 25 retailers and are available in more than one million stores in approximately 130 countries.. Spectrum Brands Holdings reported net sales of approximately $3.2 billion in fiscal 2011. For more information, visit www.spectrumbrands.com.