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Local government household battery collection programs: Costs and benefits

Abstract

Nearly three billion dry-cell household batteries are discarded in the municipal waste stream annually. While the mercury content of newer batteries has been reduced, older batteries and the accumulated total of mercury and cadmium, as well as other metals in the newer batteries still constitute a potential health risk. Many communities have initiated collection programs to remove this source of contamination from the municipal waste stream, but most have not. Fourteen states have enacted legislation regulating the disposal of household batteries, while nine states require the collection of rechargeable batteries. This article describes the potential health risks associated with continued disposal and incineration of household dry-cell batteries, reviews a sampling of existing municipal collection programs in US communities, and examines the costs and benefits and program options of collection programs
Authors:
Shapek, Raymond A [1] 
  1. Department of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States)
Publication Date:
Oct 01, 1995
Product Type:
Journal Article
Reference Number:
SCA: 320604; PA: ECN-95:0E1375; EDB-96:008528; SN: 96001507631
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Resources Conservation and Recycling; Journal Volume: 15; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: PBD: 1 Oct 1995
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; ELECTRIC BATTERIES; NONRADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; HOUSEHOLDS; MUNICIPAL WASTES; COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS; USA; PUBLIC HEALTH; COMBUSTION
OSTI ID:
149719
Country of Origin:
Netherlands
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: RCREEW; ISSN 0921-3449; TRN: NL95E1375
Submitting Site:
ECN
Size:
pp. 1-20
Announcement Date:
Jan 05, 1996

Citation Formats

Shapek, Raymond A. Local government household battery collection programs: Costs and benefits. Netherlands: N. p., 1995. Web. doi:10.1016/0921-3449(95)00025-E.
Shapek, Raymond A. Local government household battery collection programs: Costs and benefits. Netherlands. doi:10.1016/0921-3449(95)00025-E.
Shapek, Raymond A. 1995. "Local government household battery collection programs: Costs and benefits." Netherlands. doi:10.1016/0921-3449(95)00025-E. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1016/0921-3449(95)00025-E.
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title = {Local government household battery collection programs: Costs and benefits}
author = {Shapek, Raymond A}
abstractNote = {Nearly three billion dry-cell household batteries are discarded in the municipal waste stream annually. While the mercury content of newer batteries has been reduced, older batteries and the accumulated total of mercury and cadmium, as well as other metals in the newer batteries still constitute a potential health risk. Many communities have initiated collection programs to remove this source of contamination from the municipal waste stream, but most have not. Fourteen states have enacted legislation regulating the disposal of household batteries, while nine states require the collection of rechargeable batteries. This article describes the potential health risks associated with continued disposal and incineration of household dry-cell batteries, reviews a sampling of existing municipal collection programs in US communities, and examines the costs and benefits and program options of collection programs}
doi = {10.1016/0921-3449(95)00025-E}
journal = {Resources Conservation and Recycling}
issue = {1}
volume = {15}
journal type = {AC}
place = {Netherlands}
year = {1995}
month = {Oct}
}