Illinois Passes Portable Battery Stewardship Act

Illinois Passes Portable Battery Stewardship Act

NWRA Commends Effort to Address Lithium-ion Battery Disposal

Springfield, IL – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) celebrates the passage of the Illinois Portable Battery Stewardship Act, a landmark piece of legislation that marks a significant step toward improving the collection, recycling and environmentally responsible disposal of lithium-ion batteries along with other types of portable batteries throughout the state of Illinois.

Senate Bill 3686 will establish a comprehensive framework for the collection, transportation, recycling and safe disposal of small-to-medium-sized portable batteries, particularly lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries. The bill requires those who sell or distribute covered batteries or battery-containing products in the state to implement and participate in a battery stewardship plan. This legislation aims to reduce environmental impacts, increase safety, conserve natural resources and promote the sustainable management of battery waste. Key provisions of the Illinois Portable Battery Stewardship Act include:

  • Producer Responsibility: Manufacturers of portable batteries will be required to participate in a stewardship program, ensuring they pay for the collection and disposal of these covered batteries.
  • Convenient Collection: The act mandates the creation of easily accessible collection points across the state, making it convenient for Illinois residents to responsibly dispose of used batteries.
  • Public Awareness Campaigns: To maximize the effectiveness of the program, educational initiatives will be launched to inform the public about the importance of proper battery disposal and recycling.
  • Annual Reporting: Stewardship organizations must submit annual reports detailing the overall effectiveness of the program, ensuring transparency and accountability.

Michael E. Hoffman, president and CEO of NWRA, expressed strong support for the new legislation, stating, “The passage of the Illinois Portable Battery Stewardship Act is a step in the right direction for our ongoing efforts to enhance recycling and waste management practices. We commend Sen. David Koehler (D-Peoria) and Rep. Sharon Chung (D-Bloomington) for leading this initiative.”

NWRA has long advocated for policies that promote sustainable waste management practices, and the Illinois Portable Battery Stewardship Act aligns perfectly with its mission to advance the safe and efficient recycling of hard-to-handle materials. This legislation will not only help reduce environmental pollution caused by improperly disposed batteries but also conserve valuable resources through effective recycling.

“This legislation addresses important safety concerns that were identified by the battery industry, the waste industry and local governments across the state,” stated Senate sponsor Sen. David Koehler. “By holding manufacturers accountable and providing convenient recycling options for consumers, Illinois is setting a powerful example for other states to follow,” added House sponsor Rep. Sharon Chung.

“As portable batteries become more ubiquitous in our lives, it’s imperative that states take proactive measures to get ahead of this issue. Lithium-ion batteries that are improperly managed can cause fires, leading to service delays and disruptions, increased costs for consumers and harm to facilities and workers,” stated George Kerchner, executive director of PRBA – The Rechargeable Battery Association. “This bill is a crucial first step toward addressing these significant risks.”

Christina Seibert, executive director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, praised the act, stating, “The broad support for the Illinois Portable Battery Stewardship Act was instrumental in its successful passage and reflects the shared commitment of stakeholders throughout the battery lifecycle—including battery producers, retailers, waste and recycling companies and local governments—to the safe and responsible management of consumer batteries across all of Illinois.”

“Our world is increasingly filled with battery-powered products that have become a part of our daily lives,” said Leo Raudys, CEO of Call2Recycle. “Kudos to Illinois for passing this act that helps everyone do the right thing. Battery recycling keeps us all safe and protects our earth’s valuable resources.”

The Illinois Portable Battery Stewardship Act will take effect on January 1, 2026.

The legislation was supported in committee by:

  • Champaign County Environmental Stewards
  • Chicago Logistic Service
  • Christian County Solid Waste Management
  • DeKalb County Health Department
  • Elgin Recycling
  • Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
  • GFL Environmental Inc.
  • Green Mike Productions, LLC
  • Homewood Disposal Service
  • Illinois Environmental Council
  • Illinois Product Stewardship Council and Illinois Recycling Association & Foundation
  • Illinois Recycling Association & Foundation
  • Illinois State University
  • Kendall County Health Department
  • League of Women Voters Chicago
  • LRS
  • Members of the Lake County Municipal League
  • MidWest Compost LLC
  • National Waste & Recycling Association’s Illinois Chapter
  • Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department
  • Peoria County
  • POS Remarketing Group, Inc.
  • Prairie State Conservation Coalition
  • Product Stewardship Institute
  • Republic Services, Inc.
  • Sierra Club Illinois Chapter
  • Solid Waste Agency of Lake County
  • The Climate Reality Project’s Chicago Metro Chapter
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • Village of Gurnee
  • Village of Lincolnshire
  • Waste Connections, Inc.
  • Waste Management of Illinois, Inc.
  • Wipeco, Inc.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies managing the collection and disposal of solid, industrial and medical waste; companies managing recycling processing and renewable energy; equipment manufacturers and distributors; and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit

Mallory Szczepanski
National Waste & Recycling Association