Inadequate collection of batteries

Other Names:
Improper disposal of household batteries
Household batteries contain toxic metals, particularly cadmium, mercury and lead. Their indiscriminate disposal into landfill creates pollution problems in groundwater.
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%.
Taxing batteries
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET