Batteries in Products: Expansion of Manufacturer Responsibility for Waste Management

The Senate Natural Resources Committee is expected to take up legislation expanding the scope of Vermont’s existing battery extended producer responsibility (EPR) program and the number of manufacturers impacted.  Under EPR, manufacturers have financial and/or administrative responsibility for collection and disposal of covered products.  Vermont has several EPR programs, including one for certain batteries.

Under the legislation that is expected to be introduced this week, Vermont’s battery EPR program would expand from “primary batteries” (non-rechargeable batteries easily removed from the product) to include rechargeable batteries, and increase the weight limit and scope of battery technology type (chemical ingredients/components).  It would also clarify that the law covers both the battery and the product containing or packaged with the battery, and expand the scope from just consumer products to also include industrial, business to business, warranty or maintenance services, and non-personal use product.

It would also require reports and recommendations on expansion to cover:

(1) batteries used in hybrid and electric vehicles;

(2) battery energy storage systems; and

(3) batteries that are not easily removable from the products they power.

AIV will be engaging on this legislation and working to coordinate state and national industry stakeholders.  If you manufacture any type of battery or product that includes or uses any type of battery, we strongly encourage you to contact us at info@aivt.org for more information, updates, or opportunities to weigh in on these issues.