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PRBA Backs California Senate Bill Aiming To Reduce Improper Disposal of Lithium Ion Batteries

The Rechargeable Battery Association welcomes California Senate passage of legislation addressing the improper disposal of consumer-type lithium ion batteries.

“Collectively, the provisions in this bill will help mitigate safety risks by significantly reducing the number of lithium ion batteries improperly disposed of in trash bins and recycling containers,” said PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner. “We strong encourage the Assembly to take action and pass this important legislation as quickly as possible.”

The Senate bill (SB-44) would prohibit any person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container or receptacle intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials unless it is designated for recycling of batteries. The legislation also requires CalRecycle and the Department of Toxic Substances Control to provide guidance for outreach to consumers and increase their awareness of the proper disposal of lithium-ion batteries. State agencies must develop a model protocol identifying best practices for managing discarded lithium-ion batteries and the suppression of fires.

PRBA Supports Legislation Introduced By Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) Provides Funding For Battery Recycling, Decreases U.S. Reliance on Mineral Imports

PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association strongly supports a bipartisan battery recycling bill introduced by Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) that would incentivize the recycling of portable batteries and decrease U.S. dependence on critical mineral imports essential to the clean energy economy.

“PRBA and its members appreciate Senator King’s efforts to secure federal funding that would help facilitate the safe and efficient collection of portable batteries in the U.S,” said George Kerchner, Executive Director, PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association. “In turn, this would help establish a U.S.-based supply chain of critical minerals for use in the production of high-capacity batteries and many clean energy technologies.”

Kerchner thanked Sen. King for reaching out to PRBA and other stakeholders for input before the legislation was introduced.

The legislation establishes a mechanism for funding research, encouraging outreach and establishing best practices on battery collection and recycling. Sen. King’s efforts also align with PRBA’s recommendations recently filed with the Department of Energy on growing a U.S. supply chain of critical minerals and supporting domestic high-capacity battery recycling operations.
Details of the legislation co-sponsored by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-NV) can be found here.