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What are the requirements for managing batteries under the e-Stewards Standard?

A: Batteries are a common component of electronic devices and can pose significant
environmental and safety risks if not managed properly. Many types of batteries, such as leadacid, lithium-ion, and nickel-cadmium batteries, contain hazardous materials that can be harmful
to human health and the environment. The e-Stewards Standard includes specific requirements
for the management of batteries to ensure that they are handled and processed safely and
responsibly. Key requirements include:

  1. Identification and segregation: Batteries must be identified and segregated from other
    electronic waste streams to facilitate proper downstream management.
  2. Safe handling and storage: Batteries must be handled and stored in a manner that prevents
    leakage, fires, and exposures to workers and the environment, including the use of
    appropriate containers and storage areas.
  3. Removal from devices: Prior to processing, batteries must be safely removed from
    electronic devices and managed separately according to their chemistry and hazard
  4. Processing requirements: Batteries must be processed only in facilities that are properly
    licensed, permitted, and equipped to handle them safely and recover valuable materials,
    such as lead, nickel, and cobalt.
  5. Restrictions on disposal: The e-Stewards Standard prohibits the disposal of batteries in
    solid waste landfills and requires that all batteries be sent for recycling or proper
    hazardous waste disposal.
  6. Downstream due diligence: Certified recyclers must conduct due diligence on
    downstream vendors involved in the processing of batteries to ensure that they are
    operating in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and using best available
    technologies for material recovery and pollution control.
  7. Export restrictions: The export of batteries is subject to the same restrictions as other
    hazardous electronic waste under the e-Stewards Standard, including the prohibition on
    exports to developing countries.
    By establishing strict requirements for the management of batteries, the e-Stewards Standard
    aims to promote the safe and responsible recycling of these potentially hazardous materials and
    prevent the release of toxic substances into the environment.