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Re: [GreenYes] household batteries help
NiCd batteries contain cadmium, and NiMH and LI-ion batteries contain cobalt.
Cobalt is classified as a possible human carcinogen and cadmium is classified as

a probable carcinogen or a carcinogen (depends on which group is doing the
classifying). You should definitely be concerned about these batteries.

David Assmann
Deputy Director
San Francisco Department of the Environment

Michele Raymond wrote:

> Very few HH batteries now have heavy metals -- at least not new ones  They
> must be mercury-free; there are a few small sealed lead acid -- like in the
> backup for the computers  they can be sent to the same retailers as
> rechargeables.
> Call RBRC.
>
> At 09:52 PM 11/23/01 -0600, Heidi Swets wrote:
> >Greetings.  I wonder if anyone could suggest to me a source of information
> >on recycling just plain ol' single-use, household batteries--not the
> >rechargeable kind. I am repeatedly asked why there are no recycling
> >programs for them.  The implication is, if car batteries and rechargeables
> >are recyclable, why not the disposables, which surely have, in their
> >cumulative number, a sizeable quantity of useful lead in them.  If anyone
> >knows of markets for them, or communities that do have a collection program
> >for them, I'd like to know.  I am in NE Iowa; we run a voluntary drop off
> >recycling program for a primarily rural county of roughly 21,000.  We'd
> >like to start something here.
> >
> >Thanks much,
> >Heidi Swets
> >Spectrum Industries Recycling
> >
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