Who Should Pay for the Disposal of Batteries?

More than 500 million batteries are sold each year in California. Those battery sales mean big profits for battery manufacturers and big disposal costs to taxpayers and consumers. California taxpayers pay tens of millions of dollars each year to dispose of batteries, which are hazardous waste. In Europe and Canada, battery manufacturers are obligated to design, operate, and fund systems for handling the disposal of their products. The California Legislature is now considering SB1100, a bill that would ensure that battery manufacturers do that in our state. Read the article here.

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