Under Vermont law, producers cannot sell primary batteries in the State unless they participate in an approved stewardship plan, which provides free collection and recycling of primary batteries for consumers.

Call2Recycle® is currently the State-approved stewardship plan that allows consumers to recycle both rechargeable and primary batteries through a convenient network of drop-off locations. Here is the list of state-approved producers that can continue to sell primary batteries after December 31, 2015.

Definition of a Producer

  • Manufacturer selling primary batteries in the state under the manufacturers own name or brand
  • Brand, license or trademark owner selling primary batteries in the state
  • Importer selling a primary battery into the state for sale or distribution

Definition of a Primary battery

Under the law, “Primary batteries” are defined as non-rechargeable batteries weighing two kilograms (4.4 lbs.) or less, including alkaline, carbon-zinc, and lithium metal batteries.

Exempt Batteries

Under the Vermont law, primary batteries do not include the following:

  • Batteries intended for industrial, business-to-business, warranty or maintenance services, or non-personal use
  • Batteries sold in a computer, computer monitor, computer peripheral, printer, television, or device containing a cathode ray tube
  • Batteries not easily removable or not intended to be removed from a consumer product
  • Batteries sold or used in a medical device, as that term is defined in the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act

Producers with a total retail value of less than $2,000 annually from the sale of primary batteries are exempt from the law.

Contact Info

Todd Ellis
Director, Stewardship Programs
tellis@call2recycle.org
(678) 218-1086