Battery Recycling in New York… it’s the law!

On December 10, 2010, former Governor David Paterson signed into law the New York State Rechargeable Battery Act, putting a greater emphasis on proper end-of-life management for rechargeable batteries. The new law requires shared responsibility for disposing of batteries for many stakeholders, including rechargeable battery manufacturers, New York consumers, and retailers doing business in the State. Call2Recycle can help you comply with the NY regulations.

ny-cutout-batteriesRechargeable Battery Manufacturers:

must arrange for and finance the recycling of select rechargeable batteries collected by retailers.

On behalf of its more than 200 industry stewards, Call2Recycle’s battery management plan was approved New York State. The plan ensures complete compliance for all active Call2Recycle stewards.

If you are a manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and not currently a rechargeable battery steward of Call2Recycle, you can either participate in an alternative group or operate your own program. If you are interested in becoming an industry steward of Call2Recycle, please contact us.


As of June 8, 2011, all New York retailers (except for grocers occupying less than 14,000 square feet of display space ) selling rechargeable batteries are required to accept used batteries of the same type for recycling, display signage, and educate customers on recycling. Please note: rechargeable batteries contained in electronic products must be removed prior to disposal of such products.

Even if you don’t operate a physical location, if you are a direct seller of rechargeable batteries through catalog, telephone, or internet sales, you are required to educate your customers about responsibly recycling their rechargeable batteries.

Call2Recycle offers printed and digital signage to all participating collection sites, which is required to comply with the law.

Interested in becoming a collection site? Contact us today


Throwing batteries in the garbage not only can cause fires and harm the environment, people, and property, but in New York, it is against the law to knowingly dispose of rechargeable batteries in the garbage.

Enter your zip code and find a drop-off location where you can recycle your rechargeable batteries.

If you have additional questions on the law requirements or the Call2Recycle program, please contact our dedicated Customer Service Team.