Problem

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%.

Strategies:
Taxing batteries
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
20.09.2019 – 16:48 CEST