In Juarez they throw 300 tonnes of batteries a year; will start gathering
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It is Friday, September 18th when socially responsible companies, the three levels of government and civil associations will sign the renewal of the program and coordination agreement.
This program began in 2010 with the participation of environmental authorities, companies and academic institutions, in order to provide an adequate solution to the disposal of electrical and cellular batteries used, discarded in the homes of the border.
Tarin, said electric batteries may present a risk of environmental pollution and effects on the health if not disposed of properly.
It is estimated that up to 50% of the batteries that are routinely used are imported, of which the content or composition is unknown. Some of these batteries may contain metals like mercury, cadmium, nickel and lithium, which could contaminate our soil and water resources if not properly equipped.
In Mexico an average of 10 discarded batteries per person per year, which represents about 300 tons of batteries generated annually in Juarez alone.
For his part, Oscar Balderrama Clean Juárez organization, said the firm made in the framework of the Clean Up the World campaign, which seeks to create an awareness among citizens of cleaning and caring for the environment.
He said the battery collection program relies on the collaboration of three companies that have made available their facilities and their storage infrastructure, collection and confinement.
This is the case of the Oxxo chain, which has more than 220 convenience stores in the city, the company GEN, which has its collection center for hazardous waste and the company RIMSA, which has provided the program its storage facilities and hazardous waste landfill in Mina, Nuevo Leon.
Also they participate as collection centers Tech Ciudad Juarez, 4 institutes of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, the Ecology Department of the Municipality of Juarez, the offices of the regional delegation of Urban Development and Ecology State COESPRIS, Profepa and Semarnat.
He invited the public to cooperate in this effort carrying their cell batteries and waste generated in their homes, to collection centers established.