The Responsible Battery Recycling Act of 2022 (AB 2440, Irwin, Chapter 351, Statutes of 2022) requires producers, either individually or through the creation of one or more stewardship organizations, to establish a stewardship program for the collection and recycling of covered batteries. See Statute for the definition of “covered battery”.
By June 30, 2023, producers were required to provide a list of covered batteries and brands to CalRecycle pursuant to PRC section 43421(a). CalRecycle compiled the lists into a Consolidated Report.
Battery Stewardship Public Workshops
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Anticipated Timeline of Select Activities
- CalRecycle begins public engagement process
- June 30, 2023 – Individual producers provide CalRecycle with a list of covered batteries and brands of covered batteries
2025 and ongoing
- Regulations effective no earlier than April 1, 2025
- Stewardship plans must be submitted to CalRecycle within 12 months of the effective date of regulations
- Stewardship plans must be fully implemented within 12 months of CalRecycle approval
- Find battery drop-off sites
- Department of Toxic Substances Control’s Universal Waste Batteries webpage
- Wastes banned from the trash
- What can I recycle
- Local recycling information
- Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act data
- US Environmental Protection Agency Memorandum: Lithium Battery Recycling Regulatory Status and Frequently Asked Questions
This page provides a brief overview, and is not intended to provide a comprehensive list of legal requirements. Please refer to statute for a complete list of requirements. Users are encouraged to seek the assistance of legal counsel to comply with applicable state law based on their pertinent facts and circumstances.