Acid and lead from expired batteries threaten health and environment in Khulna

Khulna, Aug 25 (UNB) – Acid, lead and other harmful chemicals from more than 3,000,000 expired batteries, used in automatic rickshaws and motorized three-wheelers, pose a serious threat to human health and the environment. There are at least 25,000 easy bikes and 11,000 auto-rickshaws in the city, according to Khulna Easy Bike Kalyan Samity and Easy Bike Chalok Samity. An easy bike uses five batteries while an automatic rickshaw has four. These batteries can be used for approximately eight months. This means that approximately 2,41,000 batteries are discarded each year. Arman Munshi, an easy bike rider, said he sells six to seven expired batteries each year, each weighing 18-19 kg, to companies in Sheikhpara Batterypatti at 95-100 Tk per kg.

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