SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, supported legislation unanimously passing the Hosue that would require retailers to properly recycle batteries.
“Batteries pose a serious environment and public health risk if not they are not properly disposed of,” said Carroll. “This bill would not only require battery retailers to properly recycle batteries, but it also serves as a reminder to consumers to take extra care when throwing batteries out.”
The Carroll-backed House Bill 2296 would require retailers to ensure rechargeable and lithium batteries are sent to recycling facilities that are able to recycle the batteries. Additionally, the bill would require the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to work with recyclers, retailers and local governments to educate the public on the dangers of improper battery disposal. According to the World Health Organization, batteries not properly recycled can leach acid, posing a danger to the soil, water, animals, plants and humans.
“Everyone has a part to play in keeping our community clean and healthy,” said Carroll. “Ensuring decaying batteries are not posing a danger is part of our responsibility to be environmental stewards and protect our communities from harm.”