Arizona

It is unlawful to dispose of a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery in a landfill or any unauthorized site.

Recycle all used batteries.

This seller is required by law to accept used lead-acid batteries. When any new leadacid battery is purchased, an additional fee of five dollars will be charged unless a used battery is returned for a refund within thirty days

Arizona point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

Arkansas

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle or marine battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new lead-acid batteries purchased.

When you purchase any new lead-acid battery, you will be charged an additional ten dollars ($10.00) unless you return a used lead-acid battery for refund within thirty (30) days.

Arkansas point-of-sale notices must be produced, printed, and distributed by the state and must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Connecticut

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

Georgia

It is illegal to put a motor vehicle battery in the garbage.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept motor vehicle batteries for recycling.

Georgia point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers and must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Idaho

It is unlawful to dispose of a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery in a landfill or any unauthorized site.

Recycle all used batteries.

Idaho point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

Illinois

DO NOT put motor vehicle batteries in the trash.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept motor vehicle batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Illinois point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers and must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Indiana

Improper disposal of batteries is against the law.

It is illegal to put used motor vehicle batteries or other vehicle or boat batteries in the trash.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept your used battery for recycling if you purchase a new battery from us.

Indiana point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

Iowa

Although no specific language is required for Iowa point-of-sale notices, the notices should indicate to the consumer that land disposal of lead-acid batteries is prohibited and state law requires the retailer to accept lead-acid batteries for recycling when new lead-acid batteries are purchased. Iowa point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

Kentucky

Although no specific language is required for Kentucky point-of-sale notices, the notices must indicate that the battery retailers are required to accept, if offered, a used lead-acid battery for each new battery sold. Kentucky point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

Maine

State law requires us to accept motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling in exchange for new batteries purchased.

A deposit of $10 will be charged for each new lead-acid battery that is not exchanged with an old lead-acid battery.

It is illegal to dump, bury or incinerate a motor vehicle lead-acid battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

Maine point-of-sale notices must be printed by the state and must include the three chasing arrows recycling symbol

Michigan

Recycle your used lead-acid batteries.

It is illegal to discard a lead-acid battery except by delivery to a retailer, a distributor, a manufacturer, or a collection, recycling, or smelting facility approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

State law requires retailers to accept used lead-acid batteries upon the purchase or within 30 calendar days of the purchase of a lead-acid battery.

Michigan’s point-of-sale notices must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Minnesota

NOTICE: USED BATTERIES

This retailer is required to accept your used lead-acid batteries, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT PURCHASE A BATTERY. When you purchase a new battery, you will be charged an additional $5 unless you return a used battery within 30 days.

It is a crime to put a motor vehicle battery in the garbage.

Minnesota point-of-sale notices must be produced, printed, and distributed by the state, and must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Nevada

NOTICE

1. It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery with your other garbage.

2. State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries that are purchased from us.

3. Recycle your used batteries.

Nevada point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

New Jersey

Notice for automotive or marine lead-acid batteries. Notices must be printed by battery retailers and must include the state recycling logo or symbol.

Lead-acid batteries can be recycled here.

It is illegal to discard an automotive or marine lead-acid battery in New Jersey.

State law requires us to accept and recycle any used automotive or marine lead-acid battery returned to us, in exchange for the purchase of a new lead-acid battery.

New Jersey retailers must provide a convenient and conspicuous collection receptacle into which customers may deposit used rechargeable batteries accepted by the retailer.

New York

IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCARD VEHICLE BATTERIES. STATE LAW REQUIRES US TO ACCEPT VEHICLE BATTERIES AT NO CHARGE FOR RECYCLING.

New York point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers and distributors and must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Oklahoma

Although Oklahoma point-of-sale notices do not require specific language, notices must be posted at or near the point of display or sale to inform the public that lead-acid batteries are accepted for recycling. The Oklahoma point-of-sale notices must be posted by September 1, 1993, and printed by battery retailers. For purposes of this law a “lead-acid battery” means a lead-acid electrical device used in boats, planes and motor vehicles.

Oregon

Although Oregon point-of-sale notices do not require specific language, notices must be posted and indicate that 1) lead-acid batteries cannot be disposed of in household solid waste or mixed municipal waste, but must be recycled; and 2) the dealer (retailer) must accept used lead-acid batteries of the same type sold by the dealer.

If battery retailers require a fee or deposit on the returned batteries then a statement advising potential customers that the retailer charges a fee -- if the customer does not provide a used lead-acid battery for trade-in -- must be on the notice. The Oregon point-of-sale notices must be printed by battery retailers.

South Carolina

Notice for small sealed lead-acid batteries (notice to be at least 8 1/2 x 11 inches in size and contain the State recycling symbol).

It is illegal to put a small sealed lead-acid battery in the garbage.

Recycle your used small sealed lead-acid batteries.

Texas

It is illegal (Class C Misdemeanor) to discard or improperly dispose of a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries for recycling in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Texas point-of-sale notices must be printed by the state and must include the three chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Utah

Retailer notice:

It is illegal under state law to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

You must recycle your used battery.

State law requires us to accept up to two of your used lead-acid batteries for recycling when you purchase a new lead-acid battery.

You may take lead-acid batteries for recycling to (the retailer shall insert the name and address of at least one facility that is either a lead-acid battery wholesaler, a collection or recycling facility, or a secondary lead smelter that is near the retailer).

Wholesaler notice:

It is illegal under state law to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery. You must recycle your used battery. State law requires us to accept your used lead-acid battery for recycling, including when you purchase a new lead-acid battery.

Utah point-of-sale notices are to be printed by the battery retailers and wholesalers.

Wisconsin

Although Wisconsin point-of-sale notices do not require specific language, the notices must indicate that: 1) is illegal to dispose of a motor vehicle battery or other battery in a landfill or incinerator; 2) batteries should be recycled; and 3) state law requires retailers to accept used batteries as trade-ins and in some other instances. Wisconsin point-of-sale notices will be produced, printed and distributed by the state.

Wyoming

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Wyoming point-of-sale notices must be produced, printed, and distributed by the state and must include the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol.

Hawaii

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

Louisiana

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

Mississippi

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

Missouri

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.


Kansas City, MO

Although no specific language is required for Kansas City’s point-of-sale notices, the notices should include statements about the illegality of improperly discarding used motor vehicle batteries and other types of lead-acid batteries and the requirement that retailers must accept used lead-acid batteries for recycling.

Kansas City’s point-of-sale notices must be designed, and prepared by the state.

North Carolina

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

Pennsylvania

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

Virginia

It is illegal to discard a motor vehicle battery or other lead-acid battery.

Recycle your used batteries.

State law requires us to accept used motor vehicle batteries or other lead-acid batteries for recycling, in exchange for new batteries purchased.

Hawaii, Mississippi, and Virginia point-of-sale notices must be printed, produced, and distributed by the state, but it is a battery retailer’s responsibility to print the notices in Connecticut, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. All of these states require the three-chasing arrows recycling symbol to be printed on the notice.

Hawaii and Missouri require the signs to be at least five inches by seven inches and four inches by six inches, respectively.

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State Point-of-Sale Notice Language

Click on the blue states below to see a pop-up with the information for that state. In italics is the language that under state or local law must be posted at the point-of-sale of lead batteries. Also listed is who must prepare the notice, the size of the notice if it is not the standard 8 1/2 by 11 inches, and whether the notice must include the three chasing arrows recycling symbol.

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