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Point of View on Vermont House Bill 695

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Point of View on Vermont House Bill 695 A law to establish a product stewardship program for primary batteries — The Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) sees the Vermont House Bill 695 signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin on May 22, 2014, as an important first step to encourage wider battery recycling in the United States. Nonetheless, the bill must quickly be followed with additional measures to assure that battery recycling legislation meets intended environmental goals and is fair to consumers and businesses. Establishing a stewardship system to keep batteries out of the municipal waste stream is a key goal…

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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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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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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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Voluntary National Battery Recycling Program Proposed

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The non-profit organization, Corporation of Battery Recycling (CBR), issued a request for proposal (RFP) “seeking a stewardship organization to build a national program that is convenient and inspires consumers to participate by recycling the batteries they use in a range of electronic and household devices.” Marc Boolish, president of CBR, in a news release says “Our vision is to have an industry-led voluntary program that redefines how U.S. consumers dispose of batteries, maximizing the reuse of spent battery materials and producing zero waste to landfill.” The RFP follows a study done my Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), titled “Life Cycle…

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Battery companies plot national recycling program

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Battery manufacturers Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic and Rayovac comprise the Corporation for Battery Recycling, a nonprofit group committed to creating a nationwide collection and recycling initiative for household batteries. This week, the CBR issued a call for proposals from potential business partners to help manage and facilitate the program. “Our vision is to have an industry-led voluntary program that redefines how U.S. consumers dispose of batteries, maximizing the reuse of spent battery materials and producing zero waste to landfill,” said Marc K. Boolish, president of the CBR in a statement. “We are seeking a stewardship organization with the capacity to build…

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Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) – Voluntary National Household Battery Recycling Program

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Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR)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…

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