At the request of ISRI’s Southeast Chapter, ISRI submitted a letter to the Battery Council International (BCI) challenging it on legislative efforts in Georgia to create a loophole in the metals theft laws for battery retailers.
The chapter contacted me on Thursday of an urgent matter threatening the integrity of industry-supported metals theft reporting laws covering used batteries in the state of Georgia. Per the direction of Southeast Chapter President Tom Rice, I sent a letter that evening to BCI indicating ISRI’s concerns that Georgia H.B. 310 would thwart law enforcement efforts to fight battery theft and create an unfair trade practice by allowing battery retailers who purchase batteries for recycling to escape reporting laws for which their competitors are required to comply. In the letter, ISRI requested an opportunity to discuss the issue with BCI leadership and seek a compromise, while at the same time asserting that the legitimate recycling industry would strenuously oppose any move to circumvent the metals theft laws in Georgia. A copy of this letter as well as additional state policy highlights are available on ISRI’s State Policy webpage.
For more information, contact Southeast Chapter President Tom Rice or ISRI Senior Director of Government Relations Danielle Waterfield.