Establish a Stewardship Program for Certain Rechargeable Batteries

Last updated: Apr 9, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Tom Saviello, Senate 18 - Oxford County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 385


UPDATE: Read the Amendment HERE.

UPDATE 4/9/17: The Committee voted to kill the bill.


This bill provides for the establishment of a new stewardship program in the State for discarded nickel-cadmium and small sealed lead-acid rechargeable batteries. Under the bill, a producer of such rechargeable batteries, or an organization comprising one or more producers of such rechargeable batteries, submits a plan for the establishment of a battery stewardship program to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for approval. Once approved, a program operates to provide convenient, free statewide collection opportunities for discarded rechargeable batteries covered under the program, and discarded rechargeable batteries collected through the program are recycled or otherwise responsibly managed. This bill also amends existing laws relating to certain rechargeable battery types to avoid statutory conflicts with the new stewardship program for rechargeable batteries.