TANGERANG, iNews.id – The main component of the car battery is still made of lead (lead / Pb) and sulfuric acid (H2SO4) which is a dangerous substance for the environment. Until now, there has been no alternative as a replacement.
The high number of motor vehicles in Indonesia, which reaches 8 million four-wheeled vehicles and 32 million two-wheeled vehicles, makes a large number of used batteries each year. Unfortunately, the battery waste was not managed properly according to procedures set by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK).
The processing of battery waste that is not in accordance with procedures or illegal is an issue that continues to haunt and worsen environmental pollution in Indonesia. Related research conducted by the Australia Aid Joint Environmental Impact Management Agency at the end of 2018, raises the fact that lead dust pollution has occurred since decades ago.
In addition, battery water in used batteries is included in hazardous and toxic materials (B3) because it has corrosive properties. In fact, some regions in Indonesia that are close to the battery waste treatment plant have experienced pollution from the soil, as well as a decrease in air and water quality, and the biggest impact is health problems.
These conditions later came to the attention of NS Battery as a local Indonesian battery producer. They tried actively to control the level of environmental pollution caused by used batteries. NS Battery invites the involvement of stakeholders and the general public to take an active part in the NS Battery Eco Care program.
“NS Battery is committed to not only providing battery products with official warranties, but we also want to touch the area of health and the sustainability of nature and the environment. This Eco Care Program is our initiative to help control the management of used batteries that are not in accordance with procedures, have the potential to damage the environment, and threaten health, “said Business Development Head of PT Nipress Energy Automotive (NS Battery), Vony Yudha, in his press statement, Wednesday ( 24/7/2019).
Recycling of used batteries is mostly done by home and small industries which are scattered in various places. The semi-finished products produced by small industry recycling will be further processed into pure products. The majority of these small industries do not have operational licenses (illegal), and do not meet the standards for handling hazardous waste, such as used batteries, which pollute the environment and are very unsafe for health.
Therefore, NS Battery is aware that the involvement of related parties is very important to educate the public about this, including distributors, marketers, official waste processors, and of course the community itself as consumers. Particularly in the store / workshop as a battery seller, NS Battery specifically invites the battery seller’s participation in having the concern not to allow water from used batteries that they receive from consumers to be discarded.
One mechanism for the NS Battery Eco Care program for consumers is the addition of a favorable discount for each exchange of used batteries for new NS batteries. Furthermore, used batteries that are still in good condition – batteries that are still in intact condition and have not been discharged – are given to waste management partners who already have a special permit from KLHK. This is of course to ensure that the battery waste treatment process is carried out according to procedures determined by the government.
Running since 2017, the NS Battery Eco Care program has and will continue to work closely with waste managers who have special permits from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, to ensure that each process follows procedures set by the government. At present, NS Battery has worked with a number of waste management partners, specifically in the Java and Sumatra areas.
“We hope that through the Eco Care program, NS Battery can help support government programs in improving the quality of life of Indonesian people, as well as assisting the community to become agents of change in fostering self-awareness and those around them, about the importance of maintaining environmental quality for future generations,” said Yudha.
Editor : Dani Dahwilani