On June 9, 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or the Agency) published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register in order to develop best practices on battery generation, collecting, recycling, and reuse as well as labeling standards for battery end-of-life management. The RFI also directs supplemental virtual meetings that EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery will host with interested stakeholders during 2022 that are intended to help the Agency meet its obligations under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). Comments are due July 11, 2022. Stakeholders involved in the battery supply chain should take note of the request and consider providing feedback to inform EPA action.
The RFI is related to two solid waste recycling programs that were established by the IIJA and that the Agency is directed to implement: (1) the development of best practices for the collection of batteries to be recycled and (2) the establishment of a program to promote battery recycling via voluntary labeling guidelines, and other forms of communication materials, for both battery producers and consumers. The RFI specifically solicits information on
- suggestions for the scope and prioritization of the battery collection best practices
- end-of-life collection and management of batteries, including facilities that engage in the recycling process
- battery labeling guidelines generally, including the scope of the future voluntary labeling guidelines and knowledge of the current battery labeling guidelines
- suggestions for the communication materials that EPA is directed to develop under the Act
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