Wiley Rein LLP


Environment & Safety | PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP AND RECYCLING

Wiley Rein professionals rank among the world's preeminent authorities on environmental and safety regulatory and stewardship issues associated with portable electric products, televisions, computers, batteries, and other equipment.



Group chair David B. Weinberg serves as Washington counsel for the Battery Council International (BCI), General Counsel of the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA), General Counsel of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation, and General Counsel of the Electronic Manufacturers Recycling Management Company.  The Practice's regulatory analysts monitor worldwide legislative and regulatory developments that might influence manufacturers, marketers, and the commercial users of those products.  The Team advocates appropriate changes in governmental policies, whether in Washington, DC, individual U.S. states, Brussels, Geneva, Tokyo, or Beijing.

The Group also counsels companies on product labeling and safety and registration requirements, and plays a leading role in addressing product stewardship and recycling issues affecting the battery, cellular telephone, computer, and related industries.  As a result of its efforts:

  • Almost three dozen states have adopted statutes supporting lead acid battery recycling;
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations to foster the recycling of such purportedly hazardous products as nickel-cadmium batteries;
  • The Federal Mercury Containing and Rechargeable Battery Act was enacted in 1996; and
  • Successful industry-sponsored spent-battery and electronic waste management programs have been implemented (and are expanding) across the nation.  

Representative Experience

  • Organized and incorporated joint venture of three major TV manufacturers to supply electronic waste recycling services, provided legal framework for programs now operating in Minnesota, Maine, Texas, and Oregon, and served as general counsel in developing programs for other jurisdictions.  
  • Monitor and address domestic and international legislative and regulatory developments affecting various segments of the rechargeable battery and electronics industries involving battery collection and recycling developments in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Contact Us
David B. Weinberg
202.719.7102 | dweinberg@wileyrein.com

Tracy Heinzman
202.719.7106 | theinzman@wileyrein.com