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Results of Vermont Battery Sort Shows Uneven Playing Field Persists

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Results of Vermont Battery Sort Shows Uneven Playing Field Persists Vermont took major steps toward responsible battery stewardship with the passage of first of its kind battery take back legislation in May. With implementation of the bill set for January 2016, a number of questions remain to be answered, including where the primary batteries in Vermont’s waste stream are coming from. On August 26th 2014, CBR joined members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA),Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and the Chittenden County Solid Waste District (CSWD) in an attempt to answer that question, conducting a sort of primary batteries…

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May 2013 Legislation Update

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In late April, CBR and NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association, the US battery industry trade group) collaborated with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on a bill that addressed the collection and recycling of carpet, paint and non-rechargeable batteries

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CBR to Participate in Product Stewardship Institute Webinar

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Marc Boolish, CBR president and technology manager at Energizer, will be reviewing the industry group’s work in leading and shaping a battery recycling program, as the effort moves from voluntary to regulatory exploration.  Many industries have recognized the need to implement comprehensive product stewardship solutions to manage their products at end-of-life. However, industries often differ in the approaches they take to achieve this end. In this webinar, PSI brings together leaders from two industries—paint and batteries—to share their experiences with both voluntary and legislative product stewardship programs. These industry leaders will discuss the benefits and challenges of each approach, and…

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Foundation Program Update

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The Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) is currently running six foundation programs in: 1. Santa Clara County, California 2. Hennepin County, Minnesota 3. King County, Washington 4. Snohomish County, Washington 5. Onondaga County, New York 6. San Luis Obispo County, California CBR has recently received numerous requests from municipalities, retailers and other entities to be additional “pilots.” While we certainly appreciate the enthusiasm to join our work, in order to maintain our transparency of work and be sure we are focused on creating an environmentally beneficial, economically sustainable and fair program, we are not undertaking additional pilot programs at this…

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2013 Update

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CBR’s three founding companies — Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic — remain committed to their vision of leading and shaping a national household battery-recycling program. CBR is also exploring appropriate legislative solutions during 2013 as a means to best level the playing field and create fair participation by key players. The founding members will maintain their support for the six foundation programs started in 2012. Additionally, CBR plans to deepen its look at how consumers will participate in household battery recycling; gaining learnings that can shape a future national program.

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August Santa Clara Sort

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CBR representatives joined Rob D’Arcy, of Santa Clara County’s Household Hazardous Waste Program.  More than 30 five-gallon buckets, filled with of a wide variety of batteries, were sorted into piles of AA, AAA, 9-volt and other categories.  Full audit results from the sort, including brand identification can be found here. The US battery industry has been conducting battery sorts since the early 1990’s.  Initially the sorts were held to determine the mercury level of the batteries found in the waste stream around the time of mercury removal from primary batteries in the early 1990’s.  While recent sorts still reviewed the…

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Battery Manufacturers Pledge to Nationwide Recycling

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by Leon Kaye Photo: Earth911 Last week, Rayovac, Panasonic, Duracell and Energizer committed to a nationwide program that seeks to improve the recycling of household batteries. Together, these four companies have launched the non-profit Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) that since last year has studied how to improve the recycling of batteries in the United States so that it is both environmentally sound and cost-effective. Such a move is important because battery recycling across the U.S. has long been haphazard and inconsistent. Retailers, including IKEA, have launched battery recycling programs in their stores, but Department of Transportation regulations covering the…

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US battery companies seek a stewardship organisation for recycling

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The Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) has issued a Request for Proposals from business partners interested in managing a take back and recycling program for consumer batteries. CBR is a non-profit organisation established by the four largest battery manufacturers in the United States – Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic and Rayovac. The voluntary, industry-led product stewardship program is expected to commence in 2013. It will focus on the collection and recycling of primary batteries including alkaline manganese, zinc carbon, lithium batteries up to 2kg, and zinc air, silver oxide, alkaline manganese and lithium button cells. Most consumers won’t distinguish between primary and secondary (rechargeable) batteries, so the stewardship organisation will also…

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