Under New York State law, beginning June 8, 2011, retailers that sell the types of rechargeable batteries listed below are required to accept from consumers and recycle these batteries, for free, during normal business hours. Retailers are also required to post signs informing consumers about in-store recycling programs.
- Sealed lead
- Lithium ion
- Nickel metal hydride
- Any other such dry cell battery capable of being recharged
- Battery packs containing any of the above-mentioned batteries
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has more information about what retailer's must do to comply with the law, and Call2Recycle can help businesses establish an in-store recycling program, at no cost to the business.
After June 8, 2011, if a retailer does not have an in-store program or display appropriate signs about the program, report the business to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Enforcement Division at (845) 256-3013.