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Heavy metals

Dramatically Raising Low Metal Recycling Rates

Recycling lead in a lead-acid battery recovery facility

26 may 2011, London/Brussels

Less than one-third of 60 metals studied have end-of-life recycling rate above 50%; 34 are under 1%

Among recommendations: Boost waste management in developing economies; End hoarding of old phones, other electronic products

New treaty in the making to reduce risk from mercury

New treaty in the making to reduce risk from mercury”

Mercury is recognized as a chemical of global concern due to its long-range transport in the atmosphere, its persistence in the environment, its ability to bioaccumulate in ecosystems and its significant negative effect on human health and the environment.

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