TACKLING THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY IMPROPER LEAD BATTERY RECYCLING
Lead batteries are an essential component of every car on the planet and provide energy storage for back-up power systems in hospitals, emergency services and many public buildings.
However, if Used Lead-Acid Batteries (ULAB) are handled, disposed of or recycled incorrectly the result can significantly pollute and damage the environment with potentially harmful effects on human health. The Ecoglobal Foundation is addressing the improper and irresponsible recycling of ULAB problem by tackling the issue at its source.
RISKS FROM LEAD EXPOSURE
Occupational and population exposure to lead can pose serious health that can be particularly detrimental to the development of children cognitive development. Other harmful health effects range from muscle and joint pain, to anemia, nervous system disorders and in acute cases, can even be fatal.
Lead pollution can contaminate soil and water sources, which in turn can contaminate drinking water and food. If not properly contained lead dusts can be released into the air during battery manufacturing and recycling. Improper disposal, storage and recycling of ULAB is one of the most common sources of lead exposure in developing countries and those in transition, and according to Green Cross, Switzerland and Pure Earth, is one of the planet’s greatest pollution challenges based upon their estimates for the years of life lost as a healthy individuals (Disability Adjusted Life Years).Occupational and population exposure to lead can pose serious health that can be particularly detrimental to the development of children cognitive development. Other harmful health effects range from muscle and joint pain, to anemia, nervous system disorders and in acute cases, can even be fatal.
Lead pollution can contaminate soil and water sources, which in turn can contaminate drinking water and food. If not properly contained lead dusts can be released into the air during battery manufacturing and recycling. Improper disposal, storage and recycling of ULAB is one of the most common sources of lead exposure in developing countries and those in transition, and according to Green Cross, Switzerland and Pure Earth, is one of the planet’s greatest pollution challenges based upon their estimates for the years of life lost as a healthy individuals (Disability Adjusted Life Years). Due to improper battery recycling in some countries a large number of rivers, lakes are contaminated by lead and children are at the highest risk.
Light for Livelihood and Education Health and Environment
Proper storage, transportation and recycling are crucial steps in combating lead pollution and population lead exposure. Ecoglobal Foundation works hand-in-hand with Ecoglobal Inc. (to date the one and only battery recycler in the Philippines accredited by the International Lead Association) to collect and transport Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) that have been donated to the foundation in an environmentally friendly way.
Ecoglobal, Inc. donates funds to Ecoglobal Foundation for every kilo of ULAB that is delivered to its recycling facility in the Philippines and these donations are used to carry out the humanitarian projects of Ecoglobal Foundation. The Ecoglobal ULAB recycling facility is dedicated to promote the responsible treatment and recycling of ULAB.
Through the Power for Life the donated Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) is given a second life.
Power for Life plays an important role in improving lives of people without electricity, by giving light to households and by doing so improving the opportunities in life for the breadwinner and the educational attainment of children.
The ULABs donated to the Power for Life are tested to identify the ones that still capable of being recharged and re-used.
The batteries that are recharged and still have a useful life are sent directly to Liter of Light to provide lighting to households where it is most needed in the Philippines.
If a battery can no longer accept a recharge, the Ecoglobal Inc. will donate funds, in exchange for the ULABbattery, to the Ecoglobal Foundation.
Ecoglobal Inc. donates Solar Panels, LED lights and wiring kits directly to Liter of Light.
Virtually all the components in a ULAB can be recycled and used again in the manufacture new lead acid batteries – in the USA ULAB collection and recycling rates are estimated to be 95%, by the Battery Council International (BCI) and a recent survey by EUROBAT showed that the collection rate in the European Union is 99%. Responsible recycling that avoids the release of lead, eliminates pollution, reduces the demand on the planet’s natural resources and generates wealth and value from waste, creating a circular economy that benefits man and the environment.
What needs to be done?
The Ecoglobal Foundation is not only committed to preventinglead pollution problems, but it is also dedicated to the abatement of any damage that has been done in the past, not only by the informal sectors, but more importantly byirresponsiblebattery recyclers that, to date, have never allowed anyone to conduct soil remediation on any of their sites.
Join us in this campaign. Help us save the most affected countries from the adverse effects of improper recycling of Used Lead Acid Battery. Help us to save our environment, one battery at a time. Donate your ULAB to Ecoglobal Foundation today.
Ecoglobal Inc. is the only company in the Philippines that provides secondary containers for Used Lead Acid Batteries(ULABs) to prevent leakage of lead contaminated sulfuric acid into the soil, putting at risk the community and the environment.
Proper storage is crucial to prevent:
- Spillage of the acid battery electrolyte (health and environmental threat)
- Lead poisoning (health hazards)
- Lead pollution (contamination of the environment)
Proper storage and transportation isare crucial to avoid lead poisoning and lead pollution.
Ecoglobal Foundation works hand-in-hand with Ecoglobal Inc. (to date the one and only battery recycler in the Philippines accredited by the International Lead Association) to store, transport and dispose of ULABs in the most environmentally friendly way. Every transportated load of ULAB by Ecoglobal Inc. is registered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) .
The Ecogobal Foundation conducts lead in blood testing to monitor the health of communities living close to Used Lead Acid Battery(ULAB) informal sector recyclers (junk shops, slums…) or former battery recycling plants, which have been closed down due to environmental and health issues.
Counselling and Treatment
In conjunction with the Medical Profession, the Ecoglobal Foundation provides funds to counsel those citizens, children and adults, with elevated levels of lead in blood on the most appropriate course of action or treatment, depending on the level of exposure,required to reduce the lead burden from their bodies.
Level of contamination and appropriate treatments: The treatments are prescribed and monitored by Dr. Galvez Tan
- Low Contamination – Change of alimentation
- Medium Contamination – Herbal remedies
- High Contamination – Chelation therapy
To prevent the soil from being contaminated by heavy metals such as lead, the Ecoglobal Foundation, in partnership with the leading European companies of Waste Water Treatment and Ecoglobal Inc. builds Bamboo Waste Water Treatment plants. The heavy metals passing through the Bamboo Waste Water Treatment will be captured in the roots of the bamboo. Eventually the bamboo roots containing lead will be disposed and treated in Ecoglobal Inc.’s recycling premises.
Actual Soil Remediation
In the event that soil contamination with lead is so high that the soil has to be removed, the Ecoglobal Foundation, in partnership with the most environmentally conscious NGOs, will conduct soil remediation by in-capsuling the contaminated soil and burying it on site prior to covering it with pure lead free topsoil. In certain case it is also possible that the lead contaminated soil can also undergo treatment to remove lead content.
Ecoglobal Foundation conducts awareness campaigns in informal sector communities, however expect the informal sector to take responsibility for the harmful and adverse impacts of their recycling activities that cause population lead poisoning and pollution. The informal sector breaks the Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) manually with a mix of hammers, machetes and axes without any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), letting all the acid battery electrolyte leak into the soil with the subsequent risk of ground water contamination and thereby, putting at risk the community and the environment.
Ecoglobal Inc. (the one and only ULAB recycler in the Philippines accredited by the International Lead Association (ILA)) whole ULAB complete with the battery electrolyte and has never purchased lead waste, such as battery plates from broken ULAB, from the informal sector. Any battery recyclers that are buying battery plates, lead powder or lead connectors from the informal sector are party to building up a legacy of environmental contamination and population exposure.
It is everyones responsibility to use everything in their power to stop so-called battery recyclers from buying lead scrap materials from the informal sector!
How to help!
Individuals can bring their Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB) to the Ecoglobal Inc. recycling plant.
133 Soriente Street Tugatog, Meycauayan City Bulacan