Exports of batteries on the rise

Exports of batteries on the rise

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

A new report from the international Commission for Environmental Cooperation has found that U.S. exports of spent lead-acid batteries to Canada and Mexico has surged over the past several years.

Between 2004 and 2011, net exports of used batteries to Mexico increased between 449 and 525 percent. Exports to Canada rose 221 percent over the same period. The report, Hazardous Trade? An Examination of US-generated Spent Lead-acid Battery Exports and Secondary Lead Recycling in Mexico, the United States and Canada, attributes much of this increase to lower environmental, health and safety regulations in the destination countries, compared with those in place in the U.S.

The report recommends raising standards in Mexico and improving general cross-border cooperation to accommodate the increase in the battery trade.

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