Texas is currently undergoing a huge change regarding the recycling of single-use and rechargeable batteries. The Texas Legislature is analyzing a law that mandates take-back and recycling for all household batteries. Should the bill pass, it would be the first ever in the country to cover both single-use and rechargeable batteries.
Although, at a May 5th hearing, the House of Representatives Committee on Environmental Regulation decided to hold off approving the bill, it could still be approved during the next legislative session to take place in 2017. The bill’s delay was decided upon the author, Rep. Rodney Anderson, a Republican representing Irving/Grand Prairie who suggested this bill be studied more in depth because only one other state, Vermont, has set up a similar program.
An industry-funded nonprofit organization, Call2Recycle CEO & President Carl Smith, testified in favor of mandatory participation, stating that Call2Recycle pays to collect and recycle a great number of batteries from non-participating manufacturers. Robin Schneider, executive director of the Texas Campaign for the Environment stated, “What we continue to show in Texas is that producer take-back recycling is not a partisan issue and there’s strong support for conservative Republicans for this policy.”
This bill, if passed, it would show great enhancements in recycling of batteries in a safe and efficient manner. Here at CompuCycle, we continue to support new bills and laws helping to reinforce any electronic recycling advancements for both consumers as well as manufacturers.