BATTERIES: Town transfer stations as well as some town offices and businesses are participating in the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (Call2Recycle) rechargeable battery takeback program. No charge. There are convenient locations throughout the county. Find a participating location near you.
First-in-nation single-use battery recycling law passes in Vermont!
Single-use household battery manufacturers that sell or manufacture their products in the state of Vermont will be required to plan, implement, and manage a statewide battery collection program by 2016, per a bill passed last night by the Vermont House of Representatives.
The bill, known as H.695, "Act Relating to Establishing a Product Stewardship Program for Primary Batteries," is a type of extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation that requires primary (single-use) battery manufacturers to fund and manage a take-back and recycling program on behalf of consumers. Once signed by Gov. Peter Shumlin, the bill will become the first EPR law in the country that covers primary batteries of multiple chemistries (e.g., alkaline, zinc carbon, lithium primary silver oxide, and zinc air). There is already a voluntary collection program in place for rechargeable batteries.
It is estimated that more than 10 million batteries are sold in Vermont each year. However, there are very few recycling programs available to consumers. The law will require battery manufacturers to submit a plan to the state by July 2015 outlining how they will implement a convenient collection program. In accordance with the bill, the program will provide convenient battery drop-off locations for consumers at retail and municipal sites.
NOTE: Regular alkaline batteries and dead lithium batteries are not considered hazardous. They may be safely discarded as trash. The only batteries that must be brought in (because they are hazardous) are: lead acid batteries (car batteries) button cell batteries (watch batteries) rechargeable batteries usable lithium batteries (dead lithium batteries are not hazardous). Car batteries are not accepted at Household Hazardous Waste Collection events but can be brought in to the Rutland County Hazardous Waste Depot on Gleason Road in Rutland during normal operating hours - Tuesday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Area garages may also accept car batteries. Confused about what type of battery you may have. Check out our battery disposal guidelines and battery identification and disposal chart to help you out.