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Question: What precautions should be taken in packaging and storage of lithium batteries?

 

Q? Tell me more about Alkaline Battery Recycling. Recently a press release was issued stating that Alkaline battery recycling is beginning. How are the batteries being recycled and what is recovered?(06-02BD75-14)

Toxco begins Alkaline battery recycling in Trail, British Columbia. Data shows that eighty percent of all batteries manufactured are Alkaline batteries, with annual production of over 10 billion cells worldwide. Most of those cells are disposed of in landfills, representing hundreds of millions of pounds of solid waste. Steve Kinsbursky, president of Toxco Waste Management said, Recovery of usable materials from Alkaline batteries is the way of the future....

Toxco has also recently acquired Moltech Corporations patented cadmium recovery facility and equipment for recycling Nickel-cadmium batteries in Gainsville, Florida. Ozark Fluorine Specialties, a division of Toxco in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will soon be in full production of lithium salts and electrolytes used in the manufacture of lithium batteries and ultra capacitors.(06-02BD75-9)

The Battery Council International notes that more than 2 billion pounds of Lead-acid batteries are recycled each year. The industry can be proud of their 93 percent recycling rate. The EPA shows only 42 percent recycling rate for paper, 40 percent for plastic soft drink bottles and 55 percent for aluminum beer and soft drink cans.

Inform Inc. reports on discarded mobile phones becoming a waste issue. Although not a problem today, mobile phones, by 2005, will produce 65,000 tons of waste. Approximately 130 million portable phones are expected to be discarded by that time. Most of theses discarded phones will end up in landfills or garbage dumps unless recycling policies are put in place. Bette Fishbein, a senior researcher at Inform, estimates that only 20 percent of mobile phone batteries are recycled under current voluntary industry-sponsored guidelines, despite programs such as Verizons New for Two trade-in program. One recommendation in the report says that U.S. Industry should do more to back global standards efforts for phones. Current international standards put more emphasis on recyclable materials. Globally, plugs and phone chargers must also be standardized, ending the need for separate accessories for each device, another waste generator. Waste in the Wireless World: The Challenge of Cell Phones by Bette Fishbein, http://www.informinc.org/cellphone.htm (06-02BD75-8-9)

Toxco Incorporated acquires Moltech Corporations patented cadmium recovery facility and equipment for recycling Nickel-cadmium batteries in Florida. (02-01, BD-70-9)

As part of the purchase, Toxco Inc. has acquired the exclusive licensing rights to the technology

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Trash bag no place for old PCs (02-01,BD70-14)
E waste is beginning to build and may be far from a peak. Within this junk are CRTs which have between 5 to 8 pounds of lead in the form of lead oxide. Just as the Lead-acid industry had a revelation regarding recycling, so must this E World take responsibility for all the trash imanufacturers.

The Desert Sun
Sunday December 16, 2001, p. D2

 

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