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12/6/2016 Industry News
Implementing Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act

The Far West Equipment Dealers Association, in conjunction with industry associates, has been working with the California Board of Equalization (BOE) and its staff to get word out to members regarding the implementation of the Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act of 2016. The law takes effect January 1, 2017 with the collection of fees beginning April 1, 2017.

The California Lead Acid Battery Recycling Act creates a state mandated Lead-Acid battery fee that will serve as a funding mechanism for clean-up of areas contaminated by lead-acid batteries. Consumers will be charged a $1 “California battery fee” for purchase of a lead-acid battery from a retail dealer at point of sale. This fee increases to $2 on April 1, 2022. In addition, consumers will be charged a refundable deposit on a battery, which amount will be determined by the seller.

Manufacturers will pay a $1 fee on all batteries sold in the state until March 31, 2022 at which time the fee becomes inoperative. Both retailers and manufacturers are required to report electronically and transfer collected lead-acid battery fees to the BOE on a quarterly basis. The money from the fees will be used to clean up areas of the state that have shown to be contaminated by the production and recycling of lead acid batteries.

FWEDA looks forward to working collaboratively with the Board of Equalization to ensure that both our retail and manufacturer members are kept informed of key implementation dates and collection fee obligations as this process unfolds. We will work with our members to make certain the impacts of this new fee collection obligation are as seamless and easy as possible.

The BOE will be sending compliance letters and notices to manufacturers and retailers and has committed to developing a Lead-Acid Battery Fees Guide that will be housed on the BOE website. This year FWEDA worked in coordination with the California Retailers Association, California Chamber of Commerce and others to ensure the proposed legislation addressed the lead contamination problem while not disrupting the current existing successful battery recycling system, which boasts over 98% success rate, or imposing onerous fees on the retail industry.

For more information about implementation of the Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Act visit 
http://www.boe.ca.gov/legdiv/pdf/2016SPTbulletin.pdf. Please do not hesitate to contact me at the Far West office, 707-678-8859, if you have any questions, concerns or need further information.