Member Action: Weigh in on Possible NH Lithium Battery Waste Ban

January 31, 2024

Of the over 20 solid waste-related bills proposed in New Hampshire that NRRA is tracking, one relevant for all NRRA members in New Hampshire is HB 1386.

The bill would prohibit the disposal of lithium-ion batteries in landfills, incinerators, and composting facilities, as well as prohibit the disposal of certain electronic devices.

Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable and found in cell phones, laptops, tablets, and more. According to a new report, more than 5,000 fires are estimated to occur annually at recycling facilities nationwide. Lithium-ion batteries are often the cause of such fires, including fires at transfer stations in New Hampshire.

The House Environment and Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing regarding HB 1386 on Tuesday, February 6 at 1:10pm at Legislative Office Building 301-303 in Concord.

While NRRA does not take a position on proposed legislation, NRRA Executive Director, Reagan Bissonnette, will testify on behalf of NRRA to share with the committee our members' experience regarding lithium-ion battery fires and electronics recycling. 

NRRA members are encouraged to take one of the following actions by Feb. 6:

  1. Attend the hearing in person and share your feedback regarding the bill

  2. Sign in online to share your position on the bill (support, oppose, or neutral)

  3. Submit written testimony online



Please contact Reagan Bissonnette at or at 603-736-4401 x116 with any questions or feedback.