Primary Battery Bill
A 6280-A/S 1448-A would establish a primary (single use) battery recycling program paid for and managed by battery manufacturers. The program laid out by the bill could capture nearly 7 million pounds of primary batteries annually. NYPSC strongly supports the intent of the bill, and has proposed revisions that would improve the overall success and sustainability of the program.
Rechargeable Battery Law
The NY State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act was signed into law December 10, 2010. Manufacturers must arrange for and finance the recycling of all used rechargeable batteries collected by retailers.
Press Release (December 15, 2010)
Summary of NY Rechargeable Battery Legislation
- Retailers selling rechargeable batteries are required to post signage in-store advising consumers of the disposal ban and of the opportunity to recycle batteries at their locations.
- If retailers are selling batteries remotely (i.e. via catalog, phone, internet), they must notify the consumer of the disposal ban and how to access free recycling.
- Rechargeable battery manufacturers must arrange for and finance the recycling of all used rechargeable batteries collected by retailers.
- The Department of Environmental Conservation must approve the manufacturers’ plans to finance and operate the collection program. Violators of the law will be subject to civil penalties.