(a) As used in this section:
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 22a-256c
- commissioner: means the Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection or his or her designated agent. See Connecticut General Statutes 22a-2
- person: means any individual, firm, partnership, association, syndicate, company, trust, corporation, nonstock corporation, limited liability company, municipality, agency or political or administrative subdivision of the state, or other legal entity of any kind. See Connecticut General Statutes 22a-2
(1) “Retailer” means a person who engages in the sale of mercuric oxide batteries to a consumer; and
(2) “Wholesaler” means a person who engages in the sale of mercuric oxide batteries to a retailer in this state.
(b) Each retailer shall post a written notice at his place of business which shall advise consumers that used mercuric oxide batteries are hazardous waste requiring separate disposal and that the retailer is required to accept used mercuric oxide batteries from a consumer in accordance with the provisions of this section. The notice shall be posted in a location on or near the display area of such batteries and shall be reasonably prominent in size so as to carry out the provisions of this section.
(c) No retailer shall refuse to accept used mercuric oxide batteries from consumers and no wholesaler shall refuse to accept used mercuric oxide batteries from retailers or consumers. Any mercuric oxide batteries accepted by a retailer or a wholesaler shall be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(d) No person shall dispose of a used mercuric oxide battery except by delivery to (1) a retailer, (2) a wholesaler, (3) a manufacturer of mercuric oxide batteries, or (4) a recycling center.
(e) Any person who sells, or offers for sale, hearing aid devices or cameras which utilize mercuric oxide batteries shall provide to any purchaser of such a device a written notice that such device contains a mercuric oxide battery which requires disposal in accordance with this section.
(f) The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Services, shall assist senior citizen centers in the establishment of a program for the collection of mercuric oxide batteries. The program shall provide for the safe disposal and recycling of such batteries and shall provide guidelines for containers suitable for the safe collection and disposal of such batteries.