According to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), California retailers participating in their program collected over 440,000 pounds of batteries since the "Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006" (AB 1125) went into effect last July.
The law, which went into effect July 1, 2006, requires retailers that sell rechargeable batteries to take-back and recycle rechargeable batteries free of charge from consumers. Most rechargeable batteries contain hazardous materials including nickel and cadmium and have been banned from landfills.
The RBRC also notes that retailer participation in battery recycling increased 28 percent, while community and business participation has increased 30 percent.
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What You Can Do
- Find places to recycle your unwanted batteries and other types of universal wastes.