Chapter 173-905 WAC - Battery Stewardship Program

Washington State passed a law in 2023 that establishes a statewide recycling program for used batteries. The new law requires battery producers to fund a recycling program that will provide Washington residents with new opportunities to recycle batteries.

The program requires collection of most types of batteries including AA and AAA batteries used in everyday items such as flashlights, button batteries used in watches and other smaller devices, and larger batteries used in electric bikes, scooters and power tools. However, some batteries such as car batteries, batteries for medical devices, and batteries in products that are designed to not be removed from the product by the consumer are excluded from the program. 

The Washington Department of Ecology is writing rules to clarify definitions, plan requirements, and annual reporting requirements; set the agency fee to cover oversight costs of the program; and establish battery management standards. Other topics will include setting performance targets and goals, determining local government handling costs, and battery labeling requirements.

Rulemaking timeline

Timeline

Announcement phase (CR-101)

Filing date:
March 19, 2024


Announcement documents

Rule development phase

March 19, 2024 – Fall 2025

Public input & involvement

Rulemaking Advisory Committee public meeting

Date Documents Location
May 6, 2024 at 10 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) Webinar
June 24, 2024 at 11 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) Not yet available Webinar
July 22, 2024 at 11 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) Not yet available Webinar
Sept. 23, 2024 at 11 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) Not yet availble Webinar
Oct. 21, 2024 at 11 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) Not yet available Webinar
Nov. 18, 2024 at 11 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) Not yet available Webinar

 

The upcoming meeting in June will include discussion of the following key topics:

  • Plan components
  • Performance goals and targets
  • Reporting requirements

There will also be time allotted near the end of the meeting for Q&A and comments. Please use the link above to register in advance for the ZOOM meeting. Once you register, you will receive information on how to join the meeting.

Additional languages

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Accessibility

To request ADA accommodation for disabilities, or printed materials in a format for the visually impaired, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at ecyadacoordinator@ecy.wa.gov, or call 360-407-6831. People with impaired hearing may call Washington Relay Service at 711. People with speech disability may call TTY at 877-833-6341.