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First Single-Use Battery Recycling Program Launching in US

battery recyclingThe state of Vermont yesterday approved Call2Recycle to implement the first mandated US primary (single-use) battery recycling program beginning Jan. 1, 2016.

Vermont’s Primary Battery Law requires producers of single-use batteries to provide a stewardship plan to manage the proper recycling of those batteries sold in Vermont. Numerous battery producers have designated Call2Recycle as their stewardship organization to fulfill its obligations in the state and will be funding the approved plan.

For 21 years, Call2Recycle has voluntarily served the state of Vermont with a free rechargeable battery collection and recycling program. The organization says the new law minimizes consumer confusion, as residents will no longer need to separate out single-use batteries when they recycle. This program will also help maximize the number of batteries being diverted from landfill.

At the start of the New Year, Vermont residents will be able to recycle their household batteries (including AA, AAA, C, D, and other single-use battery types) at a wide variety of locations, including retailers, municipalities, libraries and other locations.

Call2Recycle has led a nationwide program for collecting and recycling batteries and cellphones since 1994. Last year the organization announced that 100 million pounds of used batteries had been diverted from landfills and recycled during the past 21 years through its stewardship work.

Photo Credit: recycling batteries via Shutterstock

 

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