Improper disposal of household batteries

Other Names:
Inadequate collection of 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
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
08.09.2021 – 20:37 CEST