The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the Corporation for Battery Recycling (CBR) are promoting model legislation to mandate battery stewardship programs for primary batteries in the US. According to lawyers Wiley Rein, the model legislation is likely to be considered by at least three states in 2014 – Minnesota, Vermont and California. The legislation is also supported by the Rechargeable Battery Association and Call2Recycle because it includes authority for these programs to recover costs from primary battery stewards for any costs incurred by rechargeable battery programs in handling used primary batteries. More information is available here.
In Connecticut, where Duracell is based, the State Government has asked the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI) to convene a forum of stakeholders to explore current regional and national issues affecting battery recycling and how battery stewardship policy could play a role in resolving those issues. The forum will be held on 11-12 June 2014, and is expected to consider the model legislation as well as other policy options.
According to PSI’s CEO Scott Cassell, “PSI’s effort will begin the nation’s first attempt at developing a model legislative solution for both battery types, with the support of both battery industry associations. Although there are many tough issues to resolve, all battery manufacturers share the desire to increase the recycling of their batteries. How we do it is key, and finding the right path will require the blending of multiple interests.”