GRN Recycle Talk FAQ

From: Fred Friedman (FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV)
Date: Mon Mar 20 2000 - 13:14:56 EST

Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2000 13:14:56 -0500 (EST)
From: FRIEDMAN.FRED@EPA.GOV (Fred Friedman)
Subject: Re: Effects on battery recycling (Jeanette)

March 20, 2000

Dear Jeanette,

Battery recycling means that unlike before 3-7 years ago, almost all batteries will have to be incinerated or landfilled where they put their negative impacts - discharging heavy metals - into the environment. You too breathed the mercury, cadmium, ate it in the food chain, swam and fished in it, ate fish from where it deposed. Heavy metals are toxics.

But battery recycling takes in a small percentage of household batteries. So, let us not fool ourselves: most are still incinerated or landfilled. Some are mandatorily or voluntarily taken back by manufacturers. But that too is an insignificant amount.

I suppose there might be a negative impact on the environment from battery recycling: escaping fugitive emissions, etc. But I can't document any.

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