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Deadly batteries

Local environmental agencies are seeking ways to regulate the underground recycling industry, especially those dealing with used car and electric bike storage batteries that can harm both water and soil if they are not disposed off properly. The Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association and Shanghai Service Federation said yesterday that they have launched a survey and are conducting research over the recycling of lead-acid storage batteries. By the end of 2012, Shanghai had 5.5 million vehicles and mopeds, creating 85,000 tons of waste batteries. That number has been rising steadily. However, only 10 percent of the batteries are collected by licensed organizations while the rest flood the illegal markets.


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