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Sound Practices
Special wastes

1.7.6 Wet batteries

Sound practices for dealing with wet batteries
  • Recycling in controlled environments. It is important to note that small-scale recycling is typically highly polluting and should be avoided.
  • Drainage of acid with subsequent neutralization, and melting of the metal casing in a nonferrous foundry.

 

Batteries Stockpiled for Reconstitution and Resale
Batteries stockpiled for reconstitution and resale at a recycling factory, Cebu, Philippines.
(credit: Chris Furedy)

Used wet batteries are generated wherever car maintenance is done. These batteries contain acids and lead, both of which are hazardous.

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