Inadequate collection of batteries
Other Names: Improper disposal of household batteries
Nature: Household batteries contain toxic metals, particularly cadmium, mercury and lead. Their indiscriminate disposal into landfill creates pollution problems in groundwater.
Incidence: In 1993, the annual disposal of household batteries was just under half a kg (around 8 batteries) per person. The most effective battery collection programme in the USA achieved 18% recovery and commonly recovery was as low as 7%.
Problem Type: E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update 01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET