Health and Safety

Battery Deposit and Control

SECTION 23-60-6

§ 23-60-6. Disposal of used vehicle batteries.

(a) No person shall dispose of any vehicle battery within the state except by delivery of the same to a dealer, distributor, or manufacturer or the Rhode Island resource recovery corporation, or to a privately operated recycling facility within the state licensed by the director for that purpose or by delivery for transportation to an out-of-state recycling facility.

(b) When delivered to the resource recovery corporation for disposal, the corporation shall be paid a separate disposal fee at the time of delivery. This fee shall be set from time to time by the corporation to fully cover the cost of storage and transportation out of Rhode Island, or, if it is not feasible to transport out of Rhode Island, then the cost of recycling the materials of the battery and disposing of any residue.

(c) The department of environmental management shall provide a notice concerning the disposal of batteries to all retailers. The notice shall be 8.5 x 11 inches and all notices shall be of the same color, typeface, and type size. The notice shall include all of the following information: (1) it is illegal to dispose of a vehicle battery in a landfill or an incinerator; (2) vehicle batteries should be recycled; and (3) retailers must accept used vehicle batteries in trade. Retailers shall post this notice in a place where it can be readily observed by consumers.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1987, ch. 325, § 1; P.L. 1988, ch. 254, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 179, § 1.)