LEAD Action News

LEAD Action News Vol 3 no 2 Autumn 1995 ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News ( ISSN 1440-0561)
The journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.

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Batteries in landfill

People often ask us whether ordinary household batteries contain lead. Well, they don't but nor are they environmentally sound The following article appeared in Warmer Bulletin, May 1995, p23.

The contamination of landfill by batteries is a world wide problem. For example in Germany 800 million batteries were sold in 1993. The waste component to tips was 4,400 tonnes of mercury, and 10 tonnes of silver.

A number of countries like Belgium and Austria have set up collection systems, but only Switzerland has set up a plant to recycle batteries. It is funded by imposing into each battery sold a disposal fee from 5 to 50 reppen [equivalent to 4 to 40 cents] to cost of battery to cover the recycling process.

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