Lead Acid Battery Waste Management in India

Lead acid batteries are the largest consumers of lead in the world and their recycling is termed as one of the most polluting industry. Classified as ‘hazardous waste’ under the Basel Convention, the end-of-use lead acid batteries are regulated in India by Batteries (Management and Hanlding) Rules, 2001 and Amendment 2010. Extended Producer Responsibilities (EPR) was first introduced in the country through these regulations 18 years back. However, the on-ground situation in India is far from satisfactory. The report ‘Loaded Batteries: mapping the toxic waste trail’ by Toxics Link documents the current status of LAB management and recycling practices in four Indian cities, viz., Delhi, Jaipur (Rajasthan), Vijaywada (Andhra Pradesh) and Ranchi (Jharkhand).

Round Table On End Of Use Lead Acid Battery Waste- Reports

Toxics Link, as part of its work on hazardous waste, organised a round table on Used Lead Acid Battery Waste on March 28th, 2019 at The Hans, Delhi, India. The round table aimed to evaluate the status of implementation of Batteries (Handling and Management) Rules and discuss the road ahead with various stakeholders in attendance. The round table was attended by various stakeholders concerned to lead acid batteries and hazardous waste management, such as international and national regulatory bodies and advisors, organizations and think tanks, automobile organisation, etc. The findings from Toxics Link report on “Lead Acid Batteries: Mapping the Toxic Waste Trail” were discussed with the participants of the round table.

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Presentation_Minutes LAB Workshop 

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Roundtable Meeting on Delhi Hotspots 

Toxics Link’s new report ‘On the Edge’ is first of its kind study in Delhi, mapping the city’s polluting centres. The report identifies sites which are regularly contaminating the city’s environment by releasing toxic pollutants and thereby creating health concerns. The study points out at the urgent need to take stock of the city’s environmental condition, to look into the future and assess the various policy options for consideration.

Toxics Link would like to share the report with key stakeholders and also feels the need to facilitate a discussion among various stakeholders to deliberate upon the findings. It would also help in ascertaining if there is an urgent need to look at the current activities in any of these sites. With this objective, we are organizing a roundtable meeting on 25th September, 2014 at India Islamic Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi.

For downloading the presentations, click the link : Hotspots

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