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Improper lead acid battery recycling leading cause of childhood lead exposure

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The improper recycling of lead-acid batteries is the primary cause of lead exposure in children who live in low and middle-income countries. The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) — a coalition of companies, academics and organizations dedicated to the responsible management and environmental sustainability of batteries — has applauded the landmark partnership of the Clarios Foundation, Pure Earth and UNICEF to launch the initiative, Protecting Every Child's Potential.

"As the world increasingly relies on all forms of batteries as an energy source, the responsible management and proper recycling of batteries is becoming a critical health issue in the United States and throughout the world, particularly for children," said Steve Christensen, RBC Executive Director. "We are proud that Clarios — an RBC founding leader — will work in partnership with Pure Earth and UNICEF to help eliminate improper recycling and childhood lead poisoning, and the RBC stands ready to support their effort."

RBC's primary focus is the advancement of responsible production, transport, sale, use, reuse, recycling, and resource recovery of transportation, industrial and stationary batteries and other energy storage devices, regardless of technology — all vital parts of minimizing the environmental impact of batteries and bettering the planet for tomorrow.

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