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Diving For Batteries: How to Ensure Embedded Batteries Are Properly Recycled

Consumers demand slick portable electric devices that support their yearn for mobility. To meet this request, product designers have created items that require small batteries with high energy density. Oftentimes, the batteries in these products are molded into devices, preventing consumers from replacing them. Mobile phones, laptops and tablets are sold based on their thin, lightweight design, which in virtually all cases, do not allow consumers to replace batteries in the product.  The evolution of these products has had huge consequences on their end-of-life management, particularly for the proper handling of batteries. To examine the public policy impact of this trend, Call2Recycle commissioned a study by Kelleher Environmental on the implications on battery collection and recycling of embedded battery products.  Read more...

 

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