Readers who follow environmental issues will be interested in viewing SLAB Watchdog’s new video, “Threat from Foreign SLAB Recycling” highlighting a real and growing problem around the foreign recycling of spent lead acid batteries (SLABs).
According to SLAB Watchdog, in recent years, “unscrupulous and short-sighted car battery recyclers and brokers, motivated by higher profits, have been exporting increasing amounts of toxic SLABs from the United States to recycling facilities in Mexico and other foreign countries.”
According to their research, in 2010, as many as one billion pounds of dead car, boat and other deep cycle batteries left the USA for Mexico. The situation is likely similar in Canada.
Watch the video here: http://www.slabwatchdog.com/thethreat/
SLAB Watchdog’s video contrasts the lifecycle of a SLAB recycled in the United States, where recyclers use the world’s most advanced technology and recycling standards, with the toxic lifecycle of a SLAB recycled in a developing nation, such as Mexico. Their concern is that each time these batteries end up at a Mexican facility, no one can be sure that the appropriate environmental and occupational precautions are being met. With approximately 20 pounds of lead and a significant amount of sulfuric acid in each battery, improper handling of SLABs can cause serious environmental and population harm. Each year, there are countless examples from around the world of entire communities being contaminated by substandard SLAB recycling.
For more information, please visit www.slabwatchdog.com or follow @SLABwatchdog on Twitter.