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Big Four Battery Companies Plan Nationwide Recycling Launch in 2013

Duracell, Energizer, Panasonic and Rayovac – the four largest battery brands in the US – are seeking a business partner to manage a proposed nationwide collection and recycling program for household batteries, scheduled to launch next year.

Through their non-profit Corporation for Battery Recycling, the companies have issued a request for proposals seeking a “stewardship organization,” which will be responsible for compliance with all laws and regulations, and must address technical or other challenges associated with recycling of household primary batteries.

The companies founded CBR after seeing the results of a 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology life-cycle consumer battery analysis, which found that collection and recycling could be net environmentally positive. Since then, the companies have been working with MIT to create a voluntary recycling program where the use of recovered materials such as zinc, manganese and steel offsets the extraction impact of virgin materials.
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