CBR evaluates state battery recycling initiatives and contributes its expertise when proposals could be improved to better reflect the core principles identified as the most necessary and beneficial.
Exemptions on Consumer Products
CBR believes that all batteries, primary and rechargeable, should be included in any recycling program. Allowing exemptions to particular industries or products could negate the environmental impact of an otherwise comprehensive battery recycling program. This would place an over-sized burden on companies who have accepted their responsibility to contribute to battery recycling efforts. All products that contain batteries need to be included in a responsible battery program. One such group of products is medical devices. To learn more about the role of these devices, please see this position paper.
Coin and Button Battery Safety Guidelines
CBR believes that batteries – their production, use, and end of life management – must be safe for all involved parties. Coin and button batteries are crucial in powering today’s technology, and taking voluntary steps to support their safe use, particularly around children, is necessary. American, Canadian, European, Japanese, and Latin American battery manufacturers recently agreed to new guidelines on child-resistant packaging, packaging marking, and warning language to ensure the safe use of coin and button batteries.