Office of General Services

New York State Office of General Services

Approved EO4 Specifications

AAA, AA, and D Batteries

Covered Products

Any AAA, AA, and D batteries.

Goals

To lower costs and reduce environmental impacts by minimizing the amount of single use batteries that are used, and their associated waste that is generated, in State operations.

Definitions

Battery - An electrochemical device with the ability to convert chemical energy to electrical energy to provide power to electronic devices.

Low Self Discharge - Technology that allows a rechargeable battery to hold onto its charge for a long period of time while not in use.

mAh - A unit of measure for electrical power over time. It is used to describe the amount of energy a battery can store at a time.

Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery - A battery that uses nickel metal hydride chemistry as a means to store energy.

Rechargeable Battery - A battery that can be reused once its energy content has been depleted by being recharged in a charger.

Rechargeable Battery Charger - A unit that is plugged into a wall outlet that rechargeable batteries can be placed in to be recharged.

Single Use Alkaline Battery - A battery that uses alkaline chemistry to store energy and can only be used once.

Specifications

Minimizing the Purchase of Batteries:
All affected entities are encouraged to purchase electronic products that do not need batteries to operate if there is a viable alternative that does not require them. If an electronic product that an affected entity is purchasing does need to be powered by a battery, they are encouraged to purchase a model that includes a multi-use rechargeable battery.

Purchasing Rechargeable Batteries:
If an affected entity does need to procure AAA, AA, or D batteries, they are required to purchase rechargeable batteries for all uses other than in emergency or medical equipment and that meet the following specifications:

Purchasing Rechargeable Battery Chargers:
All affected entities are encourage to purchase rechargeable battery chargers that:

Properly Disposing of Batteries at End of Life:
All affected entities are required to properly manage their AAA, AA, and D batteries at their end of life. Proper disposal is as follows:

Best Practices for Rechargeable Battery Use:
Affected entities are encouraged to use these best practices when using rechargeable batteries:

Packaging

Affected entities are encouraged to purchase batteries in the largest reasonable quantity at a time to minimize the amount of packaging required. In addition, packaging shall comply with Environmental Conservation Law section 37-0205. Packaging shall not contain inks, dyes, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers, or any other additives to which any lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium is intentionally added or contain incidental concentrations of lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium which together are greater than 100 parts per million by weight (0.01%).

New York State encourages affected entities to adopt the following: