Establish a Stewardship Program for Consumer Batteries

Last updated: Feb 16, 2020

Details about this bill
Category: Environmental
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Jessica Fay, House 66
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1594



UPDATE 2-13-2020: The bill was voted unanimously Ought Not to Pass by the committee.


This bill provides for the establishment of a stewardship program for consumer batteries, including both single-use and rechargeable batteries and certain products containing these batteries. Under the bill, a producer of consumer batteries or an organization composed of one or more producers of such batteries must submit a plan for the establishment of a battery stewardship program to the Commissioner of Environmental Protection for approval. Once approved, the program must operate to provide convenient, free statewide collection opportunities for discarded batteries, and the batteries collected through the program must be recycled or otherwise responsibly managed. The bill also amends and repeals existing laws relating to certain battery types to avoid statutory conflict with the stewardship program for consumer batteries.