It’s Easy and It’s the Law for New Yorkers to Recycle Rechargeable Batteries

Statewide disposal ban goes into effect today, December 5

New York (December 5, 2011) Effective today, it is illegal for any resident in the state of New York to “knowingly dispose of rechargeable batteries as solid waste.” Call2Recycle®, the only free rechargeable battery and cellphone collection program in North America, provides a network of collection locations throughout the state of New York, as well as nationwide, where residents can recycle their used rechargeable batteries at no cost.

Signed into law on Dec. 10, 2010, the New York State Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act requires manufacturers of rechargeable batteries to collect and recycle the batteries statewide in a manufacturer-funded program at no cost to consumers. Retailers that sell rechargeable batteries are required to accept used rechargeable batteries from consumers during normal business hours, and post signs informing consumers that a program is available at their location.

Residents can visit to find a free collection site or visit national retailers such as Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, RadioShack and Staples. “With free collection sites available across the state, recycling rechargeable batteries is accessible and convenient for everyone,” said Carl Smith, president and CEO of Call2Recycle. “New Yorkers have demonstrated a great commitment to reduce waste by keeping batteries out of their community landfills and Call2Recycle is proud to help by providing free collection boxes to locations statewide.”

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