According to Earth911, there are about three billion batteries purchased each year in the United States alone. That’s up to 250 million pounds of batteries that could end up in our landfills every year if they aren’t recycled. CBR supports programs that have a net positive effect on the environment through the reduction of solid waste and recovery of valuable metals and other materials. Batteries are made from important resources such as zinc, manganese, lithium, and steel. When you recycle your batteries, it keeps them out of landfills and saves valuable resources to be used again.
Sustainability and Environmental Impact
CBR supports reducing the impact that our companies and products have on the environment by making choices that ensure the future availability of natural resources. By reducing solid waste and recovering valuable metals and other materials, we can continue to innovate new products that have an invaluable, positive impact on our global environment and the sustainability of our industry. Thanks to industry advancements, making batteries from recycled materials is now less energy-intensive than the process of mining new, original materials – establishing battery recycling as key to the industry’s environmentally conscious and sustainable path forward.
Product Stewardship and Extended Producer Responsibility
Battery producers must be given the opportunity to lead the design and implementation a nationwide approach to battery recycling. However, because the cost of recycling is currently far greater than disposal, it is crucial to a battery program’s success that everyone plays a role and shares responsibility. Retailers, recyclers, environmental groups, governments, and consumers all need to come together to minimize the depletive impact that batteries can have on our environment and vital natural resources.
All companies, not just CBR members, that sell batteries in the U.S. marketplace must contribute to the cost of recycling batteries. Those who make and sell consumer products that contain batteries should make informed decisions based on the effects of their battery choices. CBR believes that battery manufacturers — regardless of whether their facilities are domestic or foreign — should support the costs of recycling. If they do not, common sense and basic fairness requires that the product producer or retailer is obligated to support that effort.
Health and Safety
CBR supports the safe use, storage, and disposal of primary batteries to help protect the health of our communities.
Lithium coin batteries are used in many household items and can pose a significant danger to children if swallowed. CBR supports taking safety measures in every home to ensure children do not get a hold of products that are dangerous when swallowed, such as lithium coin batteries.
Outside of the home, CBR is committed to developing recycling programs that also protect the safety and well-being of workers tasked with the collection and recycling of spent consumer batteries. For an effective nationwide approach to battery recycling, we must ensure safety for all those involved in the collection of spent batteries.