An initial 11 companies chose the Atlanta-based consumer battery stewardship organization to develop, implement and promote a program for collecting and recycling spent primary batteries. The law mandating single-use battery recycling takes effect in Vermont Jan. 1, 2016.
Call2Recycle will submit a plan by June 1 on behalf of the companies, as required by Vermont law, according to a news release. The companies are Ace Hardware Corp., Dorcy International, Duracell/The Gillette Co./Procter & Gamble, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Interstate Batteries Recycling, Panasonic Corp., Polaroid, Rayovac/Spectrum Brands, RiteAid, Sony Electronics and Varta Microbattery.
Call2Recycle has served Vermont for 21 years with free collection and recycling and rechargeable batteries. It currently has nearly 100 drop-off sites within 10 miles of 86 percent of Vermont residents. The group is working with a range of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan to expand battery recycling in the state.