See: info for consumers; retailer requirements; info for agencies
UPDATE: Effective December 5, 2011, this law is superseded by the NY State Rechargeable Battery Law. Rechargeable battery consumers, retailers, and manufacturers in NYC are now bound by the state law.
Law: NYC Administrative Code (Title 16, Chapter 4: Rechargeable Batteries; Recycling Program)
Summary: The New York City Rechargeable Battery Law, enacted as
Local Law 97 of 2005 bans the disposal of rechargeable batteries in the regular trash (or in residential recycling containers) in NYC, and requires all NYC stores (except small food stores) that sell rechargeable batteries or products containing rechargeable batteries to accept up to ten batteries of the same shape and size as they sell, requires manufacturers to pay for the cost of their collection and disposal.
This law is written to work in conjunction with Call2Recycle , a free rechargeable battery and cell phone collection program that is operated by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC), a non-profit organization.
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