[Sust-mar] Battery disposal

Pat Fleck snowfleck at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 9 13:01:55 EST 2008

I have no data to back up my assumption, but it seems to me that there are a tremendous amount of batteries being disposed of in landfills across the maritimes. Even rechargeable batteries can only be used for just so long and they too become part of the toxic waste.
While on vacation last year, I visited West Sacramento, California. Their Recycling Division of the city government took it upon themselves to tackle the battery issue. There are battery buckets in stores, gas stations, libraries, post office, city government offices, banks, schools, etc.  People are encouraged to bring their dead batteries and dispose of them at these sites.
I admit that I have no idea of how they are processed once collected.
In this electronic day and age, and with batteries all containing toxics (no matter how environmentally friendly they claim to be), I wonder if something similar is possible in the maritimes?

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