Monday, December 5, 2011
Tossing batteries can get you fined!
It's now illegal to toss rechargeable batteries in the trash in New York state.
Under a bill signed into law by the governor last December, consumers now have to take their worn-out rechargeable batteries to be recycled. And stores that sell them have to accept rechargeables for recycling. Retailers had to start accepting batteries for recycling back in June, but the consumer ban on disposal has just now taken effect. The law covers batteries for laptops, cameras, cell phones, and rechargeable alkaline batteries. People caught tossing rechargeables in the garbage face fines of $50 for the first offense and $100 for the second.