New York / Atlanta — The Vermont legislature has passed the first collection and recycling law for single-use batteries in the USA. The bill will require companies that sell single-use batteries in the state of Vermont to take them back when they no longer hold energy, keeping them out of the waste stream. This represents a first step to create laws that keep batteries from landfills. The bill will be implemented in 2016.
However, the bill exempted several categories of sellers including industrial, business-to-business, warranty or maintenance service, and non-personal use. While the Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) was pleased to see battery legislation pass in Vermont, it strongly believed these exemptions – which are not part of CBR’s model battery legislation – may distort costs, add complexities and allow many battery producers to avoid participating and paying for their fair share of the program.
However, the States of California and Connecticut also have introduced bills specific to battery recycling product stewardship. Texas will follow. According to Call2Recycle CEO & President Carl Smith, in 2014 Connecticut collected over 62,000 pounds of rechargeable batteries state through over 300 collection sites.
“CBR played a major role in drafting the bill. There is much more to do to create a financially and environmentally sustainable program that could be a model for other states. Our next task is to work with state agencies to make this a reality,” said Marc Boolish, president of Corporation for Battery Recycling.
Source: Corporation for Battery Recycling / Call2Recycle Inc.