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April 12, 2011 > Bill to require household battery recycling plan passes Senate Committee

Bill to require household battery recycling plan passes Senate Committee

Submitted By Lynda Gledhill

Senate Bill 515, by Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-San Leandro), will require battery manufacturers to create a recycling program to properly manage batteries in order to sell their products in California. The state's Employment Development Department has cited battery recycling as part of California's growing green economy.

"SB 515 will create a solution to manage battery waste, which will create additional green jobs," said Corbett. "I believe that if there is a simple way to collect and recycle batteries, people will participate and we shall help local governments and our environment."

Currently, batteries are prohibited from being placed in landfills but it is up to local governments to create a program to prevent the hazardous products reaching them. Jurisdictions can be fined if batteries are found in a landfill. SB 515 will save local governments money by requiring the manufacturers to assume responsibility for recycling.

In addition, proper management of battery waste will help California's environment. Battery manufacturers in Canada, Europe, Asia, Central America and South America participate in stewardship programs.

"SB 515 provides a program that the public wants - more convenient recycling options for batteries with no cost at end-of-life using a private sector approach," said Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council.

"We're happy to see SB 515 make progress in the legislature. An effective battery stewardship bill can help keep batteries out of landfills and alleviate the significant financial burden that local jurisdictions face to manage hazardous waste," said Jeff Becerra, Communications Manager for

The bill passed out of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on April 4, 2011, and was approved 5-2 and now goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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