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Section: Retailers, distributors, manufacturers to accept used batteries

Statute: 13:1E-99.72

14. a. Except as otherwise provided in a battery management plan approved by the department pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of this act, every retailer shall: (1) Accept from customers at any time during business hours up to three used nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries or sealed lead rechargeable batteries derived from household use, of the type and size he sells or offers for sale; (2) Conspicuously post and maintain, at or near the point of display, a legible sign, not less than 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches in size, informing customers that used rechargeable batteries of the type and size sold or offered for sale by the retailer may not enter the solid waste stream, and that the retail establishment is a collection site for the recycling or proper disposal of these types of used dry cell batteries. The sign shall contain the following inscription: "It is illegal to dispose of used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries in this State as solid waste"; and "State law requires us to accept used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries for return to the manufacturer"; and (3) Conspicuously provide or maintain, at a convenient location within the retail establishment, collection boxes or other suitable receptacles into which customers may deposit used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries accepted by the retailer. b. Except as otherwise provided in a battery management plan approved by the department pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of this act, a distributor or his agent shall accept the return of all used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries he distributes in his service area from a retailer. c. Every manufacturer, at his own expense, shall accept the return of all used nickel-cadmium or sealed lead rechargeable batteries he manufactures from distributors or retailers as provided in a battery management plan approved by the department pursuant to the provisions of section 8 of this act. A manufacturer shall, upon return of a used dry cell battery, provide for its proper disposal or recycling. d. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any retail establishment where food or food products are sold or offered for sale directly to the consumer for consumption off the premises of the retail establishment. L.1991,c.521,s.14.

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