Californians Against Waste sponsored Pavley’s Cell Phone Recycling bill (AB 2901) in 2004 and the Rechargeable Battery Recycling bill (AB 1125) last year. The former act will require retailers that sell cell phones to have free take back for recycling at no charge to consumers. The latter will accomplish the same feat, but with all rechargeable batteries. Both acts go into effect this Saturday, July 1st.
These two new laws represent the first time that California retailers will be required to share in the responsibility for collection and recycling of a problem product they sell.
A recent Yale University study confirmed that extractable metals in the Earth's crust might be threatened with depletion if the usage per person continues to rise.