The Mercury-containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act (Public law 104-142) was enacted by President Bill Clinton in 1996. William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III, August 19 1946 served as the forty-second President of the United States The purpose of the law was to phase out the use of mercury in batteries and to provide for the efficient and cost-effective collection and recycling or proper disposal of used nickel cadmium batteries, small sealed lead-acid batteries, and certain other batteries.
It reduced the incidence of heavy metals in municipal waste and in streams and ground water that resulted from the disposal of:
The sale of the first of these was banned (with the exception of the allowance of up to 25mg of mercury per button cell) and the second family of products was given specific labeling and disposal requirements. Mercury (ˈmɜrkjʊri also called quicksilver or hydrargyrum, is a Chemical element with the symbol Hg ( Latinized hydrargyrum A primary cell is any kind of Electrochemical cell in which the electrochemical reaction of interest is not reversible so used in Disposable In electronics a battery is a combination of two or more Electrochemical cells which store chemical Energy which can be converted into electrical energy The M acro E xpansion T emplate A ttribute L anguage complements TAL, providing macros which allow the reuse of code across Characteristics Lead has a dull luster and is a dense, Ductile, very soft highly Lead-acid batteries, invented in 1859 by French Physicist Gaston Planté, are the oldest type of Rechargeable battery. Cadmium (ˈkædmiəm is a Chemical element with the symbol Cd and Atomic number 48 See also Rechargeable electricity storage system A rechargeable battery, also known as a storage battery, is a group of two or more secondary The nickel-cadmium battery (commonly abbreviated NiCd and ˈnɑɪˌkæd "nye-cad" is a type of Rechargeable battery using Nickel oxide hydroxide A watch battery, button cell, silver button cell, or coin cell is a small form-factor battery designed for use in wrist watches pocket
As a result, most retailers who sell rechargeable and other special batteries will take the old ones back for free recycling and safe disposal. The not-for-profit Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation (RBRC) , used by most retailers, reclaims the metals within the old batteries to make new products such as batteries (mercury, cadmium, lead) and stainless steel (nickel). Battery recycling is a Recycling activity that aims to reduce the number of batteries being disposed as Municipal solid waste. In Metallurgy, stainless steel is defined as a Steel Alloy with a minimum of 11 Nickel (ˈnɪkəl is a metallic Chemical element with the symbol Ni and Atomic number 28