Sen. Dave Koehler

SPRINGFIELD – As the world continues to rely on the use of electronics, State Senator Dave Koehler is spearheading a measure to ensure batteries are properly disposed in Illinois.

“Although using electronic alternatives are great for the environment, the lack of proper disposal of batteries can lead to more environmental harm,” said Koehler (D-Peoria). “This measure begins a much-needed detailed plan for battery recycling.”

Senate Bill 3686 would require businesses who sell or distribute batteries to develop a recycling stewardship program. Sellers and distributors would be required to create a small to medium-sized battery recycling program by 2026. Medium-sized batteries would include batteries made for electric bikes and electric scooters. By 2029, businesses must include appropriate labeling for all batteries to ensure proper collection and recycling.

Batteries contain heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and nickel, which can contaminate the environment when disposed improperly. Koehler’s plan models other successful stewardship programs recently enacted in the state, including one for paint disposal.

“This is a long-term, cohesive plan to ensure we are taking the right steps to protect our environment,” said Koehler. “As the world advances, so should our legislation.”

Senate Bill 3686 passed the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee on Thursday and now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.