Handheld battery regulations in the US
In 2014 battery industry associations in the United States developed a model bill that would mandate collection and recycling of consumer batteries. The model bill will be adapted to meet the needs of individual states.
In their April newsletter Battery Council International (BCI) provided a report on draft regulations introduced for the 2015 legislative sessions in Connecticut, California, Texas and New York:
– Connecticut HB 6957 covers primary batteries weighing not more than 2kg
– New York S. 4522 would amend the state’s current rechargeable battery law to establish a battery stewardship program for primary batteries
– Texas HB 3153 covers primary batteries weighing not more than 2kg and rechargeable batteries weighing not more than 5kg
– California AB 1159 would require separate product stewardship pilot projects for collection of sharps and collection and recycling of ‘household batteries’.