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HOUSEHOLD BATTERY ASSOCIATION OF EUROPE, JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES AGREE ON COOPERATIVE PLAN TO STUDY BATTERY RECYCLING

HOUSEHOLD BATTERY ASSOCIATION OF EUROPE, JAPAN AND THE UNITED STATES AGREE
 ON COOPERATIVE PLAN TO STUDY BATTERY RECYCLING
 BERN, Switzerland, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The trade associations representing the major household battery manufacturers of Europe, Japan and the United States today agreed to cooperate in a study to determine the feasibility of recycling used primary dry cell batteries.
 The study will take place primarily in Europe under the direction of the Association of European Dry Battery Manufacturers (Europile), and will commence this October. The trade associations of Japan and the United States will cooperate with Europile by providing research results and technical information.
 This announcement follows completion of a two-year detailed technical review of all known battery recycling technologies in conjunction with the international consulting firm Arthur D. Little (ADL). The review advised against the use of recycling technologies currently proposed because of their excessive energy consumption, disproportionately high operating and capital costs and net environmental impact.
 The ADL review -- and a similar study recently conducted by the Clean Japan Center -- indicated that existing metals industry processes might offer options for recycling primary batteries that minimize the use of energy while maximizing the use of an existing infrastructure.
 Trade association spokesmen said preliminary inquiries among representatives of the metals industry give reason to believe that used dry cell primary batteries are a potential process feedstock and that the recovered materials could be re-used in other products. The potential use of used dry cell batteries as feedstock for the metals industry is made possible by the household battery industry's successful efforts to eliminate mercury from primary batteries.
 Richard Leveton, a Europile spokesman, said, "The trade associations are hopeful that government officials currently considering battery recycling initiatives will recognize the potential value of such an option as an alternative to the high energy consumption and high cost of other battery recycling technologies."
 The three trade associations represent the leading worldwide household battery manufacturers.
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 CONTACT: Richard Leveton, 44-0293-652239, for Europile CO: ASSOCIATION OF EUROPEAN DRY BATTERY MANUFACTURERS IN: HOU -- NY003 -- X831 10/01/92
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