A new battery recycling program in development will soon provide new options for people to safely and conveniently recycle their batteries. The Zero Waste Omnibus Amendment Act of 2020 contained a subtitle establishing battery stewardship requirements.
Who does the law apply to?
The law applies to producers of covered batteries and battery-containing products sold or offered for sale in the District, including retail, wholesale, business to business, and online sales.
“Producer,” “primary battery,” “rechargeable battery,” “covered battery,” and “covered battery-containing product” are defined in DC Code § 8-771.01(6), (7), and (11).
What must producers do?
Producers must be a member of an entity known as a battery stewardship organization (BSO), and as part of the BSO, implement a battery collection program.
As of January 1, 2022, producers are also required to comply with the battery disposal ban at DC Code § 8-771.09(a). Producers disposing of primary or rechargeable batteries in the District must use existing battery recycling programs until their BSO’s battery stewardship plan is approved and in operation, or any approved disposal methods posted on this webpage.
How do producers join a battery stewardship organization?
One entity, Call2Recycle, has registered as a BSO under the District’s battery stewardship law.
To join Call2Recycle’s BSO, please contact:
Linda Gabor at [email protected] or (678) 218-1082.
What must the battery stewardship organization do?
The BSO must submit an annual registration form each year by January 1.
The BSO must also follow other applicable requirements in the law, including developing and submitting a battery stewardship plan. A proposed plan must be submitted by January 1, 2023.
October 2022 regulatory and legislative update
To build out the framework for the battery stewardship program, a proposed rulemaking was published in the District of Columbia Register on October 14. DOEE accepted comments on this rulemaking through November 14, 2022.
The public comments DOEE received can be downloaded at the links below:
Emergency legislation amending the District’s battery stewardship law was enacted on October 17, 2022. These amendments provide important clarifications, technical corrections, and other changes that will help the program run more smoothly. Permanent legislation to amend the battery stewardship law has also been introduced before the DC Council.
If you have any questions after reviewing the material above, including the FAQ, please email [email protected].