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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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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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November Program Update

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CBR members from Duracell, Energizer and Panasonic, including a representative from NEMA, reviewed ongoing strategies for a program roll out wherever and whenever a level playing field is in place and ways to make CBR an efficient and effective primary battery collection program.  Discussion on branding and external communications included general awareness and stakeholder education.  Preliminary review of other extended producer responsibility programs within the Paint and Carpet industries to reveal best practices, including legislative efforts, was also shared among attendees.   Work continues to define parameters for an industry-led program that redefines how U.S. consumers dispose of household batteries.

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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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July Stewardship Organization RFP Issued

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The Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR), a non-profit organization comprised of Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic and Rayovac, the four largest US battery companies, issued a request for proposal that seeks a business partner to steward the collection and recycling of household batteries. The battery group’s work began in 2011 with a full life cycle analysis by MIT of consumer batteries which indicated that, under the right circumstances, collection and recycling could be net environmentally positive. This new finding led to the formation of CBR, the governing entity that has begun the process for a national battery recycling effort.

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