Panasonic, Duracell (Procter & Gamble), Energizer and Rayovac today have promised to accelerate the recycling of household batteries.
This battery business group’s work began last year with a full lifecycle analysis completed under a partnership with MIT. The study which began with a three-day “battery summit,” indicated that under the right conditions, the collection and recycling of household batteries could not only be a net positive for the environment, but also financially sound and even profitable. At a time where e-waste is causing billions of dollars to sit in landfills or exported to far off countries where it is reprocessed under horrid conditions, CBR found that a compelling business opportunity exists for either an NGO or a for-profit company to take the lead on this front. Now this working group is close to creating a voluntary framework where the recovery of materials including zinc, manganese and steel from batteries (including lithium batteries used in cameras or watches) offsets the extraction impact of virgin materials.