Hawaii Considering Battery Recycling and Deposit Law

The Hawaii state legislature is considering a household battery deposit and recycling law.

House Bill 2811 would establish a 5-cent fee per battery package paid by distributors for products made or imported into the state. It would then create a 10-cent refundable deposit per battery paid by customers. The state would establish redemption centers for the deposits.

 The fee paid by distributors would begin Oct. 1, 2013, and the deposit charge would start Jan. 1, 2015.

The state would develop a plan for the proper disposal of electrical and chemical contaminants.


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