Single-Use and Rechargeable Batteries

Did you know recycling batteries in Vermont just got easier?

That's right. Old single-use, alkaline batteries (think AA, AAA, 9V, D-Cell, C-Cell, button cell) can be dropped-off at more than 100+ convenient locations throughout Vermont.

Visit Call2Recycle.org/vermont for all your battery recycling questions. 

Click on the image below to find a convenient drop-off location near you!

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Final Vermont Primary Battery Stewardship Plan

Final Vermont Primary Battery Stewardship Plan, submitted by Call2Recycle, and approved by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources in October 2015 - including Revision to Section V (revised October 3, 2016, approved November 14, 2016)
Approval letter, Section V Revision (November 14, 2016)


Information for Battery Manufacturers

The Primary Battery Stewardship Law (Act 139)

Batteries are composed of valuable materials that can be recycled rather than wasted.  Vermonters buy over 10 million batteries a year and this bill will provide Vermonters with convenient options for recycling primary batteries.

What is a Primary Battery?
Primary Battery means a non-rechargeable battery weighing two kilograms or less, including alkaline, carbon-zinc, and lithium metal batteries.  

Are Rechargeable Batteries included in this law?
No, they are not.  However, rechargeable batteries are currently collected and recycled under a voluntary stewardship program operated by Call2Recycle. Rechargeable batteries covered under Call2Recycle’s program and collected for free are:  Nickel Cadmium (Ni-CD), Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH), Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn), and Small Sealed Lead (SSLA/Pb). All cell phones can also be recycled under this program.

What do I have to do to comply with the law?

The primary battery stewardship law prohibits battery producers from selling primary batteries in Vermont unless they participate in an approved stewardship plan that provides free collection and recycling of primary batteries for consumers. Call2Recycle is the organization that submitted a stewardship plan to ANR on behalf of battery producers and their brands, and now coordinates the registration and approval of producer compliance in Vermont as part of the stewardship program.

Please see the primary battery stewardship law summary sheet below for more information, or visit www.call2recycle.org/vermonts-obligated-producers for more information on manufacturer compliance.

LIST OF APPROVED PRODUCERS For Sale in Vermont
These producers and their brands are registered under an approved primary battery stewardship plan with Call2Recycle, and are compliant with the stewardship law allowing for sales in Vermont.   See the official listing of Vermont participating producers on Call2Recycle's producers page.

EXEMPT PRODUCER LIST
These producers meet exemptions outlined in the Primary Stewardship Law and have been approved by the Agency of Natural Resources for sale in Vermont. Therefore, they may sell their primary batteries in Vermont without being registered under an approved stewardship plan, but shall on an annual basis confirm with the Agency that their battery sales still meet this exemption. 

  • Tenergy 
  • Essendant 
  • FDK America, Inc. 
  • Streamlight, Inc. 
  • Saft America, Inc. 
  • UPG
  • Best Buy

NO SALE IN VERMONT
The following producers have informed the Agency of Natural Resources that they will not offer for sale (within the state) their own branded batteries. These brands cannot be sold within the State of Vermont: 

  • Aldi Brand Primary Batteries
  • Costco Kirkland Brand Primary Batteries 
  • CVS Store Brand Primary Batteries 
  • Kinney Premier Value Primary Batteries 
  • Lowe's Store Brand Primary Batteries

Can multiple manufacturers register together as one stewardship organization?
Yes. Beginning March 1 and annually thereafter, a primary battery stewardship organization shall file a registration form with ANR.  A primary battery stewardship organization is an organization appointed by one or more producers to act as an agent on behalf of a producer or producers to design, submit, implement and administer a primary battery stewardship plan.  ANR will provide the registration form on its website for primary battery stewardship organizations. 

The registration form shall require the following information:

  • A list of the participating producers;
  • The name, address and contact information of a person responsible for ensuring a producer’s compliance with this chapter;
  • A description of how the stewardship organization proposes to meet requirements of participation in a stewardship organization; and
  • Name, address and contact information of a person for a nonmember manufacturer to contact on how to participate in the primary battery stewardship organization to satisfy the requirements of this chapter.

Guidance Documents
Primary Battery Stewardship Law Summary Sheet (PDF)
Guidance on Primary Battery Stewardship in Vermont: A Breakdown (PDF)
Act 139 As Passed in Legislature

Questions?

Contact Mia Roethlein with questions about the Vermont Primary Battery Stewardship Law at mia.roethlein@vermont.gov, or visit http://www.call2recycle.org/vermont/.


What happens to your batteries after they are received by Call2Recycle?

Watch this short video to find out:

Call2Recycle video

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