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Manual produced on lead battery recycling

A detailed manual on the recycling, disposal and transport of lead-acid batteries has been issued by the secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.

The United Nations body has designed the publication as a set of policies to reduce the overall impact of these batteries on the environment.

It said: "This provides practical advice and guidance to national authorities for the development of....environmentally sound management of used lead acid batteries".

It includes particularly detailed advice on recycling used lead batteries, (even for countries without a formal recycling industry).

The manual stresses that "in years of exceptionally low international lead prices, governments might have to financially support (lead battery) recovery and recycling to preserve its environmentally sound operation".

The manual includes methods of assessing how lead batteries are currently managed nationally, creating national collection, storage, packaging and transport schemes, and on responsibly handling international shipments of this poisonous waste.

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