Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty

Battery Recycling A Mexican Problem

MEXICO CITY, Dec. 9 (UPI) — Used American batteries being recycled in Mexico using crude methods expose workers and residents to dangerous levels of toxic lead, environmentalists say.

Domestic U.S. recycling has become more difficult and expensive because of strict new Environmental Protection Agency standards on lead pollution, leading some companies to send the work — and the danger — to countries with lower protection standards, The New York Times reported Friday.

About 20 percent of spent American vehicle and industrial batteries are now being sent to Mexico for recycling to meet an exploding global demand for lead batteries crucial to cellphone networks, solar power arrays and automobiles.

Spent batteries can contain as much as 40 pounds of lead, which can interfere with neurological development in children and cause health problems in adults.

When batteries are broken for recycling, the lead can be released as dust and, during melting, as lead-laced emissions.

While Mexico does have some regulation for smelting and recycling lead, the laws are poorly enforced, experts said.

“If we export, we should only be sending batteries to countries with standards as strict as ours, and in Mexico that is not the case,” said Perry Gottesfeld of Occupational Knowledge International, a San Francisco group devoted to reducing lead exposure.

UPI - United Press International, Inc.

Since 1907, United Press International (UPI) has been a leading provider of critical information to media outlets, businesses, governments and researchers worldwide.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Battery Recycling A Mexican Problem”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at


Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.