AB 2271 (Koretz, 2005-06) Battery Recycling Program - Support

Establishes a consumer recycling value and financing system for the collection and recycling of household batteries.

AB 2271 was put on hold in the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File in 2006.

Under existing law (AB 1125 Pavley), all retailers of rechargeable batteries (excluding grocery stores and retailers that do less than $1 million in annual revenue), on and after July 1, 2006, are required to take back used rechargeable batteries for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal, at no cost to the consumer.

AB 2271 establishes a Consumer Refund Value (CRV) system for one-time use household (Alkaline) batteries. California has pioneered the use of a CRV system to stimulate the recycling of disposable beverage containers as well as used motor oil. By establishing a 10 cent refund value and utilizing

existing recycling service providers, we can help reduce the more than 38,000 tons of toxic batteries that are landfilled annually. Establishing a consumer redemption value on all toxic household batteries will help consumers comply with current state regulations that make it illegal to dispose any battery in a common trash can and will incentivize residents to recycle every household battery for cash. The effective date of this bill would be January 1, 2007.

CAW Staff Contacts.
Mark Murray (916) 443-5422

Current Actions.
None at this time.

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Californians Against Waste (Sponsor)
California Alliance for Consumer Protection
Californians for Alternatives to Toxics
California Electronic Asset Recovery
City of Los Angeles
Sustainable Moraga

American Electronics Assoc
California Chamber of Commerce
California Grocers Assoc
California Manufacturers and Technology Assoc
Consumer Specialty Products Assoc
Grocery Manufacturers of America
Industrial Environmental Assoc
National Electrical Manufacturers Assoc

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