Rulemaking: Battery extended producer responsibility and what you need to know 

May 16, 2024
Written by WR Communications

In 2023, the Legislature passed a law establishing a product stewardship program for batteries. This new law mandates battery producers to implement a statewide collection system for portable batteries by January 1, 2027, and for medium format batteries by January 1, 2029. Portable batteries include those found in phones, laptops, flashlights, and power tools. Medium format batteries are used in items such as lawnmowers and electric bikes.

The Department of Ecology (DOE) is currently in the rulemaking process. To advise the agency during the rule development process, DOE has convened the External Battery Rule Advisory Committee, which includes WR’s Local & State Government Affairs Manager, Crystal Leatherman. The committee’s inaugural meeting covered introductions, meeting format, and an outline of the rulemaking procedure. Scheduled to convene regularly throughout 2024 and into 2025, all committee meetings will be open to the public for observation and commentary.  

Stay Informed: 


Return to newsletter