Battery Product Stewardship

At times energizing, at times draining, work toward expanded recovery of rechargeable and single-use batteries is slowly charging ahead. Nationwide, industry-sponsored recovery programs for rechargeable batteries are already in place. Battery producers have created successful take-back programs through Europe and Canada. States are moving toward producer-funded battery take-back legislation, particularly for rechargeables.

Full Circle engagement in this sector includes the following:

  • Since 2004, Full Circle has developed and fielded a biannual survey with Elway Research that gathers information on many subjects, including public knowledge of rechargeable batteries, products that use rechargeable batteries, and associated take-back programs.
  • Full Circle recruited a coalition—comprised of the City of Bellevue, City of Redmond, Call2Recycle, Habitat for Humanity and several local retailers—to expand awareness of and participation in recycling efforts for residentially-generated rechargeable batteries. Our approach utilizes community-based social marketing principles and social media tracking to engage the public and measure behavior change.
  • David Stitzhal staffed the Battery Subcommittee of the Northwest Product Stewardship Council. He has helped develop policy, testified at legislative hearings, and effectively recruited policy and legislative support from City and County officials throughout Washington.