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Governor Signs Battery Recycling Law

Submitted by Dan Hendrick on Thu, 2010-12-16 16:14.

Gov. David Paterson has signed into law legislation to require battery manufacturers to work with retailers to set up free, easily accessible recycling programs for batteries sold or disposed in New York State.

Nearly four million pounds of batteries are discarded each year in New York.Nearly four million pounds of batteries are discarded each year in New York.Sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, the new law would reduce toxins in the waste stream, decrease air contamination, and protect human health and the environment.

Rechargeable batteries found in many consumer goods, such as cell phones, digital cameras, laptop computers, and MP3 players, contain harmful toxic heavy metals, including lead and cadmium. Currently, 3.8 million pounds of rechargeable batteries reach the end of their usable life each year in New York.

The law also requires that manufacturers provide annual reports accounting for the batteries recycled and that retailers post a sign advertising the free recycling of rechargeable batteries. A similar law took effect in the New York City in 2006; this measure extends this initiative to all of the state.


NYLCV Blog | Filed Under: Solid Waste, Energy,Statewide
 

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