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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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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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