Section: Submission of dry cell battery collection plan
9. a. Within nine months of the effective date of this act, every manufacturer of dry cell batteries sold or offered for promotional purposes in this State shall prepare and submit to the department, in writing, a dry cell battery collection plan to expand or increase the Statewide collection, recycling or proper disposal of all used dry cell batteries produced by that manufacturer.
b. Each dry cell battery collection plan submitted by a manufacturer shall include, but need not be limited to:
(1) A strategy for expanding and increasing the collection, recycling or proper disposal of all used dry cell batteries in each county, including, but not limited to, those alkaline manganese, consumer mercuric oxide or zinc-carbon batteries manufactured prior to the effective date of this act; and
(2) A strategy for establishing and implementing, as the department deems necessary, an industry-wide uniform coding system for the identification and labeling of all dry cell batteries by brand name, electrode type, product type or shape; except that the commissioner may grant a waiver from this requirement based on evidence furnished to the department that it is not technologically feasible to label a specified dry cell battery.
The commissioner shall maintain on file in the department for public inspection copies of any uniform coding system implemented pursuant to this paragraph. The department shall provide a copy to any person upon request.
c. Within 15 months of the effective date of this act and at least once every six months thereafter, every manufacturer of dry cell batteries shall submit a written report to the department on used dry cell battery return or recovery rates in accordance with rules and regulations adopted by the department therefor.
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