Batteries Are A Latent Danger

Much is known about the contamination of stacks in the environment, but little is done about it. Batteries are a variety of materials harmful to health such as mercury, lead and cadmium. Today, batteries are a big problem for our environment, and that its contents are hazardous materials like mercury, lead and cadmium. Cells when exposed to air, rain and sun off these materials highly injurious to health have a negative impact on the health of our community, damaging the reproductive system, nervous, kidney, bone, among others. Studies have shown that 35% of mercury pollution is caused by the batteries with household waste incinerated. An ordinary battery can contaminate 167,000 liters of water, while a button battery can pollute up to 600,000 liters of water. Over the past four decades, waste and batteries have produced 180,000 tons in Mexico, which have been thrown into the environment without control.

Some estimates indicate that every Mexican uses about 10 disposable batteries per year. We are a group of students concerned about the ecology of our country, in order to raise awareness among students of our university UDG and the general public to realize the danger that contain batteries and know that you have to do something about it. As we know different battery collection campaigns have been launched in our country, but the problem is that they have continuity. Sometimes by budget or lack of storage sites, these projects have been moving gradually away when they should be of high importance to our government. We did some surveys to students of CUCEI with disappointing results, since 50% of respondents did not know where the batteries can be carried, only 47.5% use rechargeable batteries and 62.7% do not put batteries or stored for later deposit . In these times, and all people must separate the cells from normal household waste, which is not done. Also, as a key point we want to encourage our city government to take action to solve this major problem. Thus we propose that the garbage trucks have a special compartment for the batteries because this way people will not have excuses for not recycling batteries and will permit a greater collection of spent batteries for recycling.

Proposal that was raised but was not carried out due to lack of a deposit for them. Some recommendations we offer are: Reduce the use of devices that use batteries, buy batteries not pirates, hybrid devices (battery and mains) plug them where possible, use rechargeable batteries, never throw away batteries with everyday and to get rid of them always place them in collection points. In Guadalajara you can take your batteries to the building of SEMARNAT (Between Mayor and Hospital) STEREN stores or in some special containers that are on the street.

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