Should battery retailers & producers cover the cost of recycling dead batteries?
Some programs make consumers pay a fee for their used batteries to be recycled. Is this right? The only other option is for the government to cover the cost.
Battery brands should definitely cover the cost of recycling their products. They can't create a hazardous source of waste and take responsibility for the damage it can cause!
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In several European countries supermarkets are required to take back used batteries, and it works well. Of course, consumers pay for it when they buy batteries, but it is a sensible way of dealing with the problem.
I don't think the issue is that simple. We all have a responsibility to protect the environment, commercial entities, government bodies and individuals. But at the same time it isn't always commercially viable for companies to cover the entire cost of recycling their products. Even though they produce them, as consumers we have to admit a similar amount of responsibility.
It makes sense that producers cover the cost of recycling their products. Why should we have to pay when we already do to use the product in the first place. I would be much more likely to buy from a brand that lets me recycle my batteries for free, and uses renewable materials than one that doesn't.
Brands should cover the cost of recycling their products. But it needs to be supported by the government other wise companies won't do it!
It is simple who sell it should by law be required to reaccept the goods at the end of their lives . As the saying goes one who preaches should if not practice it. As their is a lot of confusion and misinformation
If shopping centres and or the retails outlets of batteries had a prominent notice and collection receptacle for the depositing of spent batteries this would also go to educate the general public to recycle their batteries. I haven’t noticed a collection box anywhere.
if you produce a product, which at the end of its life will be a toxic waste product then you should also carry the cost - that can be passed onto consumers - of its safe disposal. this may have the effect of increasing a product's cost, but then that then becomes its utility value. Such examples are not only batteries but car tyres and plastic bottles etc.
It is simple who sell it should by law be required to reaccept the goods at the end of their lives . As the saying goes one who preaches should if not practice it. As their is a lot of confusion and misformation