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Yah, but the progress of decades leads to memory loss on causes of sickness, death and life expectancies. My Father in Law survived Typhus. The girl next door to us in 1956 wore a leg brace from the polio epidemic that had family and neighbors petrified, I recall that clearly even though I was only 5. I recall that "recycling" was throwing the used dishwash water onto the "slops' pile and people in cities were cautioned not to compost food because of the vermin (mostly rats) it attracted and the disease vectors they became. Now we are retesting that theory here in Portland and the rat population is increasing...its a mystery to city employees.... imagine that. And then there is the rural community that got the composting test facility and objected to the smell...imagine that.

The best of recycling comes from not "wasting" it in the first place. Refurbish, reuse, efficient manufacturing. My guess is those batteries will be more valuable refurbished and reused rather than "recycled". The Tesla batteries, essentially sealed laptop technology ganged together, may not be very friendly to this strategy. I read somewhere that Toyota and Ford's batteries WERE more friendly to this approach...any wisdom out there on that?

A good chunk of the "recycle" approaches have not been very well thought out in my view. Reuse approaches are generally very workable.

Charlie W
Curmudgeon and Skeptic
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