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Subject: [DCHAS-L] EPA on lithium batteries
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:17:24 -0400
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April 15 , 2021
New Lithium Battery Webinar Series
The Northeast Waste Management Officials Association (NEWMOA) & the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) are hosting a free webinar series about Recycling & Fire Prevention at Waste Hauler, Storage, & Processing Facilities. To find out more information and register for these webinars click the links below:

  • May 18, 2021 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST - Overview of Lithium Batteries, Their Uses, & Recycling - Find out more and register here 
  • May 25, 2021 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST - Examples of Actions by Waste Haulers & Storage & Processing Facilities to Reduce the Risk of Fires Associated with Lithium Batteries - Find out more and register here
EPA Encourages Proper Disposal of Household and Lithium-Ion Batteries
On March 25, 2021, EPA published three new webpages on end-of-life management of lithium-ion and other batteries.

The webpages cover household batteries of all types and a lithium-ion battery specific page, as well as frequent questions on lithium-ion batteries. These webpages contain information on the safe disposal and recycling of lithium-ion batteries for consumers, businesses, workers, and transporters, and management recommendations for single use, rechargeable, and automotive batteries that may be found in the home. 

The battery webpages were created in response to the growing number of fires reported in the waste management process. One reason why fires start in garbage trucks and recycling facilities is because consumers mistakenly place their batteries in their home recycling bins and trash cans for disposal. The webpages emphasize that lithium-ion and most other household batteries do not belong in curbside trash or recycling, and instead should be sent to specialty recyclers or household hazardous waste facilities.
Strategies for Building and Implementing Sustainable Tribal Waste Management Programs

Finding a cost-effective and efficient way to build and implement a waste management program can be difficult, especially in rural areas. Each tribe is unique, with its own history, culture, financial situation, and geographic location. A waste management program should be tailored to address the specific needs and circumstances of each community. Effective waste management includes appropriate collection, transport and waste diversion and disposal facilities. Administrative, regulatory and community outreach program elements also contribute to effective waste management.

In February, EPA released this fact sheet which can assist tribal communities with overcoming barriers in developing and implementing a sustainable waste management program. In addition, this factsheet highlights information about technical assistance solutions that help tribes with protecting the environment and human health of their community. 
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