Batteries have been considered, since the 1990’s, as hazardous waste. Each year in France, some 1.3 billion batteries and accumulators (rechargeable batteries) are put on the market. In these batteries and accumulators are plastic and paper, but most importantly many heavy metals. Batteries are typically discarded either in the trash, or left out to corrode and degrade overtime. The disposal of batteries, often through a landfill or incinerator, allow the heavy metals to seep or disburse into the ground or air. Unless properly disburse of, the harmful elements of batteries make their way back into the land, sea and the air.