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Control Strategies and Policies for the Recycling of ULAB in the Informal Sector Notes Pages in B & W

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The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development tried to "reform" the trade in recycled batteries in 2001, and was attacked by BAN.org (the UN org listed on the "hall of shame" at the BAN website). The perfect is the enemy of the good.
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development tried to "reform" the trade in recycled batteries in 2001, and was attacked by BAN.org (the UN org listed on the "hall of shame" at the BAN website). The perfect is the enemy of the good.

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International Lead Management Center Inc.
The International Lead Management Center Workshop on Building National Capacity in SustainableManagement of Recoverable Material/Resources in RapidlyIndustrializing CountriesBangkok, 20-22 September 2001Control Strategies and Policies for the Recycling of UsedLead Acid Batteries in the Informal Sector “The Philippine Experience”Brian Wilson, ILMC Program Manager 
 
ILMC
UNCTAD
Control Strategies andPolicies for the Recycling of Used Lead Acid Batteries inthe Informal Sector 
The Philippine Experience”
Brian Wilson
Introduction
It is very easy when pursuing policies and programs to improve environmentalperformance and reduce population exposure to pollutants to overlook the socialimpacts of our decisions. While nobody, and least of all the International LeadManagement Center (ILMC), would wish to defer projects and technologiesdesigned to raise the standards of environmental performance, itis important totake into account the social needs, priorities and aspirations of those people directlyaffected by Government policies, national legislation, new technologies andchanges in trading patterns.Such a situation, typical of many in the developing world, can be found in theRepublic of the Philippines. The Philippines is an archipelago of over 7,000 islandsand a population of over 78 million people. The Government actively promoteslegislation to raise environmental standards, supports the BaselConvention and inconjunction with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development(UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the ILMC isdetermining the most appropriate strategies to ensure that used lead acid batteries(ULAB) are recycled in a environmentally sound manner.
 
ILMC
UNCTAD
Why is Recycling Important?
1.
Large battery manufacturing sector 
2.
No indigenous lead deposits
3.
Lead has to be imported and/or recycled to meet demand
4.
Reduces Risks of Environmentaland Population Lead Exposure
Why is Recycling Important?So the first question is, “Why is the recycling of ULAB important to thePhilippines?”1.Firstly, the Philippineshas a multimillion-dollar automotive batterymanufacturing sector that provides one of the essential “locally produced”components in the overseas car assembly plants located outside Manila.2.The country does not, however, have any natural deposits of leadore and sothe secondary industry provides the only local source of lead.3.Consequently the battery industry can only survive if primary lead is imported or the Philippine secondary industry can recycle sufficient quantities of ULAB tomeet the ever-growing demand for refined lead.4.The recycling of used lead acid batteries (ULAB) reduces the risk oenvironmental and population lead exposure from the thousands ofautomotivebatteries discarded every year.

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