Lead Battery Recycling on the Rise in Mexico

A recent investigation by The New York Times found that about 20% of spent United States vehicle and industrial batteries end up in Mexico, up from 6% in 2007, where weaker environmental standards and lax enforcement jeopardise communities near recycling plants. Spent batteries can contain up to 40 pounds of lead, which can be released as dust or fumes during the recycling process. Advocacy groups are calling on U.S. companies to export spent batteries only to countries whose standards are as strict as those in the United States.

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