A coordinated, national approach to battery recycling is critical to making the large-scale change needed by the industry and environment. For battery recycling to succeed, we also need shared standards and responsibilities across states. Central to this effort is the principle that all those involved in placing batteries into the U.S. market must accept their fair share of responsibility to minimize the environmental costs and assure the marketplace remains vibrant and competitive.
In that spirit, in May 2014, CBR crafted a model all-battery recycling bill in partnership with the nation’s leading major battery stakeholders: the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), and Call2Recycle, Inc. The model bill calls for the creation of a framework to manage both single-use and rechargeable batteries at end-of-life.
The model bill embodies six core principles CBR deems essential to a successful battery recycling program. These principles are critical and must be included in any proposed legislation to ensure CBR’s full support.