09 Dec '11, 10pm

We keep exporting things - like lead batteries - elsewhere for 'recycling'. It's not good.

We keep exporting things - like lead batteries - elsewhere for 'recycling'. It's not good.

A New York State law that forbids discarding rechargeable batteries with household waste took effect this week. The law also requires any retailer that sells rechargeables (as part of a device or as a stand-alone) weighing less than 25 pounds to accept them without a fee for recycling. Many large chains (RadioShack, Staples) have done this for years, but now that it’s codified in New York, we need to look more closely at where those batteries will be going after we drop them off. Today’s New York Times reports on lead batteries exported from U.S. recycling companies for processing in Mexican plants, around which lead levels in the air and soil are many times higher than U.S. standards allow. Released as dust when batteries are broken or in emissions when the metal is smelted, lead is linked with high blood pressure, kidney damage, and abdominal pain in adults. In children,...

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