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
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET