Vermont adopts the first of its kind Single Use Battery Recycling. The law, formulated through a collaboration between the State of Vermont and manufacturers requires manufacturers to submit a plan for recycling by July, 2015. This will determine how recycling will be implemented and at what locations. The law will take effect January 1, 2016.
Batteries for recycling include alkaline, zinc carbon, lithium primary silver oxide and zinc air. Manufacturers have agreed to the plan termed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR). They are seeking the contents of these batteries that then can be resold for profit.
It is estimated that Vermonters buy 10 million batteries per year. This program will keep the batteries out of land fills and provide free recycling locations.