New York Gov. David Paterson has signed into a law a bill that requires manufacturers of rechargeable batteries to finance and operate recycling programs for the products.
The law requires the manufacturers to submit their recycling programs to the state by mid-March 2011 and to begin operating the programs by mid-June 2011. Under the law, retailers that sell rechargeable batteries must post signs informing consumers of the recycling programs and must accept used batteries from the public.
In May, Paterson signed the Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act, which requires electronics manufacturers to begin offering free e-waste recycling programs for products such as computers, monitors, televisions, keyboards, printers and VCRs (for a complete list, visit the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s website).