Used Battery Exports Are Damaging Global Environment And Hurting Local Economy
This WESP, located in Indy, pulls about 500 additional lbs of lead out of the battery recycling process
Used car and truck batteries from the US are going through the recycling process in Mexico.
Businesses that operate in the US, like Recycling Company RSR, which owns a plant in Indy, have to meet EPA standards, and regularly check worker health...something their Mexican counterparts don't have to adhere to.
Bob Finn is the CEO of RSR, he says the number of batteries exported to Mexico has jumped over the last five years, a trend that he says could end up costing jobs. Finn says if all levels of government and big box stores would commit to recycling in the US, that would help stop the hemorrhaging of both job opportunities in America, and chemicals like lead, cadmium, and arsenic into the air in Mexico.
Because of the emissions in Mexico, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) is looking into the environmental and health impact, and is expected to have a report at some point next month. This report might help American companies make their case for keeping battery recycling in the US.