Call2Recycle® is currently the District-approved primary and rechargeable battery stewardship plan that allows consumers to recycle primary and rechargeable batteries through a convenient network of drop-off locations.

Under District law, producers of primary or rechargeable batteries in the District must participate in an approved stewardship plan, which provides free collection and recycling of primary and rechargeable batteries for consumers. This list of compliant producers and brands can continue to sell primary and rechargeable batteries in the District.

Definition of a Producer

  • Manufacturer selling primary or rechargeable batteries and battery containing products in the District under the manufacturers own name or brand.
  • Brand, license or trademark owner selling primary or rechargeable batteries and battery containing products in the District.
  • Importer selling a primary or rechargeable battery and battery containing products into the District for sale or distribution.

Definition of a Covered Battery

Under the law, the following definitions apply:

“Primary batteries” means a non-rechargeable battery that weighs 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) or less, including alkaline, carbon-zinc, and lithium metal batteries.

“Rechargeable battery“ means a battery that contains one or more voltaic or galvanic cells, electrically connected to produce electric energy, designed to be recharged, that weighs less than 11 pounds (5 kilograms) and has a Watt-hour rating of no more than 300 Watt-hours.


Exempt Batteries

Under the District law, primary and rechargeable batteries do not include the following:

  1. A rechargeable battery that contains electrolyte as a free liquid.
  2. A rechargeable battery that employs lead-acid technology, unless that battery is sealed and contains no free liquid electrolyte.
  3. Primary or rechargeable batteries included in a medical device, as described in 21 U.S.C. § 360c; provided, that the medical device is not designed and marketed for sale or resale principally to consumers for personal use.
  4. Primary or rechargeable batteries in a motor vehicle, part of a motor vehicle, or a component part of a motor vehicle assembled by, or for, a vehicle manufacturer or franchised dealer, including replacement parts for use in a motor vehicle.
  5. Primary or rechargeable batteries in a covered electronic equipment, as that term is defined in § 8-1041.01(4).

Contact Info

Carin Stuart
Steward Relations Manager
[email protected]
(678) 218-4593