US Battery industry leaders unveil the first ever model all battery recycling bill

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Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. — Few days ago, four leading US battery interest groups unveiled an all-battery model recycling bill. For the first time, the Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR), battery manufacturers from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), the Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) and Call2Recycle, Inc. joined forces to take shared responsibility for the collection and recycling of all used primary, or single-use batteries, and rechargeable batteries. The bill covers consumer batteries only.

“This ground-breaking initiative led by CBR member companies, Energizer, Duracell and Panasonic, exemplifies our commitment to addressing the environmental and business challenges of battery recycling. The battery industry looks forward to working with all stakeholders,” said Marc Boolish, president of CBR.

Following the recent passage of Vermont H. 695 that established the nation’s first single-use battery stewardship requirement, the groups’ model bill will create a framework for managing both single-use and rechargeable batteries at end of life. The bill requires all battery producers to be compliant, and provides a vehicle for producers of products that contain or are sold with primary batteries to work with suppliers to satisfy compliance obligations. The bill is expected to be introduced in selected state legislatures in 2015.

“We commend the industry in working together to further battery recycling awareness,” said Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle, Inc., North America’s largest consumer battery recycling program. “By offering a comprehensive solution for all batteries, consumers benefit with less confusion.”

“This is a prime example of industries and government working collaboratively toward a product stewardship solution that will have far-reaching benefits,” says Scott Cassel, founder and CEO of PSI. “A combined single-use and rechargeable product stewardship bill is groundbreaking, and will help increase consumer convenience, protect the environment, boost state and regional economies, and save money for both governments and the battery industries.”

A covered battery stewardship plan shall provide for a program that will achieve a 10-percent collection rate two years after the date the program is implemented and a 20-percent collection rate five years after the program is implemented.

The full bill can be found under call2recycle.org.

Source:  Call2Recycle, Inc.