Battery Recycling in New York… it’s the law!

On December 10, 2010, former Governor David Paterson signed into law the New York State Rechargeable Battery Act, putting a greater emphasis on proper end-of-life management for rechargeable batteries. The new law requires a shared responsibility for disposing batteries for many stakeholders, including rechargeable battery manufacturers, New York consumers, and retailers doing business in the State. Call2Recycle offers solutions to comply with new NY regulations.

ny-cutout-batteriesRechargeable Battery Manufacturers:

must arrange for and finance the recycling of select rechargeable batteries collected by retailers.

On behalf of its more than 200 industry stewards, Call2Recycle submitted a battery management plan, which since has been approved by New York State. The plan ensures complete compliance for all active Call2Recycle industry stewards.

If you are a manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and not currently an industry steward of Call2Recycle, you can either participate in an alternative group or operate your own program. If you are interested in becoming an industry steward of Call2Recycle, please contact us.


As of June 8, 2011, all New York retailers (except for grocers occupying less than 14,000 square feet of display space ) selling rechargeable batteries will be required to accept used batteries of the same type for recycling, display signage, and educate customers on recycling. Please note: rechargeable batteries contained in electronic products must be removed prior to disposal of such product.

If you are an existing participant of Call2Recycle, each box that we ship to you contains the required signage. You can also download the poster here: Poster – NY Retail Poster

Even if you don’t operate a physical location, if you are a direct seller of rechargeable batteries through catalog, telephone, or internet sales, you are required to educate your customers about responsibly recycling their rechargeable batteries. Download and post one of Call2Recycle’s web banners.

Interested in becoming a collection site? Contact us today


As of December 5, 2011, it is against the law for New Yorkers to knowingly dispose of rechargeable batteries in the garbage in the State.

Enter your zip code and find a drop-off location where you can recycle your rechargeable batteries and cellphones weighing less than 25 lbs.

If you have additional questions on the law requirements or the Call2Recycle program, please contact our dedicated Customer Service Team.