The Lead-acid Battery Exemption

If lead-acid batteries are handled properly, they do not need to be labeled nor reported.  Generators of lead-acid batteries do not need to obtain a RCRA Site ID # nor count the weight of the batteries towards dangerous-waste-accumulation totals. Under the Lead-acid Battery Exemption, batteries cannot be disposed of as regular solid waste and must be protected from spillage and stored safely.  The reduced requirements allow regulated generators to skip RCRA Site ID Numbers for their lead-acid batteries.

Managing Batteries as Universal Waste describes batteries that may be managed as Universal Waste. Lead-acid batteries may also be managed this way.

Special requirements for reclaiming spent lead acid battery wastes in the Dangerous Waste Rules at WAC 173-303-520. This includes handling guidelines for reclaimers and describes the Lead Acid Battery Exemption for generators, collectors, and transporters.

Vehicle battery recycling is in the Solid Waste Regulations at WAC 173-331. This regulation established the vehicle battery recycling program and set up the system of exchanging batteries at the point of sale. This includes information about core charges and signage.

Labels are available for a free download, including those for batteries.

Related information

Manage Waste as Universal Waste is a page describing these alternate rules for some wastes.

Special requirements for reclaiming spent lead acid battery wastes are in the Dangerous Waste Rules at WAC 173-303-520.

Universal Waste Rule for Batteries is an Ecology fact sheet detailing how the Universal Waste Rule can apply to battery management.

Universal Waste Rule: WAC 173-303-573 is an Ecology fact sheet detailing the Universal Waste Rule.