Current safe disposal options for batteries are limited, and disposal guidance varies across the state. When disposed of in a landfill, batteries waste valuable resources and could harm human health and the environment.
In 2020, Representative Jared Mead introduced the battery stewardship legislation (HB 2496). The bill would have created a state-wide producer-funded stewardship program for batteries. It did not pass, but is in a great position for the 2021 legislative session.
Rep. Mead worked with the Northwest Product Stewardship Council, Zero Waste Washington, and other stakeholders to develop the bill. Program staff served as chair of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council sub-committee that worked on the bill. Program staff also testified in support of the bill; it had two hearings before the House Committee on Environment & Energy. Stakeholder work will continue between sessions to build further consensus.
Current status: Ongoing.
For more information, contact Ashley Pedersen.