The 1996 Battery Act: The Fulfillment of a Dream

Battery ActOn May 13, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (The Battery Act). This was a major milestone in rechargeable battery recycling. The Act facilitated the recycling of Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb) rechargeable batteries, making a national program possible.

Prior to the passage of The Battery Act, battery recycling was a patchwork of state programs. 13 states had laws to ...

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