Free Riders: Why You Should Care About “Orphan” Batteries in North America

We spent a few minutes with Carl Smith, CEO and president of Call2Recycle. Carl is a leading advocate for battery recycling across North America. We spoke to Smith about one of the industry’s biggest issues—free riders.

When it comes to increasing battery recycling rates, what do you think are your biggest challenges so far this year?
There are two challenges that I think about every day. The first is how to continue to make it easy and important for consumers to ...

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Oregon House Hears Testimony on Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act

On February 28th, the Oregon House Energy and Environment Committee heard testimony regarding HB 2938 – the Oregon Small Rechargeable Battery Stewardship Act. Similar to legislation being considered in Washington State, HB 2938 would have several requirements for a product stewardship program including easy access for the public to collection sites and the safe handling of rechargeable batteries according to state and federal laws. ...

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Recharging Battery Product Stewardship – the Case for Legislation

When the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) – now known as Call2Recycle® – was founded by the battery industry in 1994 to divert batteries from landfills, part of the motivation was to create a harmonized nationwide program that would lessen the needs to manage state-by-state requirements.  That goal has been generally met:  no state has implemented a mandatory battery product stewardship program since Call2Recycle’s inception (even though in 2011 ...

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