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Taiwan Quick Take: Most batteries not recycled

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

A battery manufacturer said that most people were not in the habit of recycling used batteries, with the recycling rate of used batteries reaching only 12 percent in recent years. Claire Chen (陳嘉華), manager of the battery manufacturer Duracell, said that Taiwanese used an average of 400 million batteries a year, with only about 48 million of those batteries being recycled. About 54 percent of the batteries that Taiwanese use are the less durable carbon-zinc type, while only 46 percent are long-lasting alkaline, which represents a much lower rate than that of Europe and the US of around 90 percent, Chen said.

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