Stop Unsafe Lead Battery Recycling in Mexico
  • Petitioned Timothy Lafond

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Director of Environmental, Engineering and Risk Management
Timothy Lafond
Johnson Controls Battery Group Inc.

Stop Unsafe Lead Battery Recycling in Mexico

    1. Petition by

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      San Francisco, CA

When my seven-year-old son Nathan discovered that kids his age are being poisoned by toxic levels of lead from battery recycling plants in Naucalpan de Juárez and other Mexican towns, he decided to start this petition to help communities suffering from lead pollution. Together, we researched the issue and found out that lead batteries are melted down without the proper guidelines for safety. The process emits toxic dust that settles on schools, homes, and markets, making people, and especially kids, sick.

Nathan decided the best way to make a change is to ask the biggest company responsible to stop sending batteries to these facilities: Johnson Controls Battery Group.

Johnson Controls, an American company, says 97% of their lead-acid car batteries are recycled; yet they are the largest exporter of lead-acid batteries to Mexico and the biggest contributor to this problem, according toThe New York Times. Nathan wants Johnson Controls to make sure any facility they use meets the same environmental standards as in the U.S. so that the health and lives of our Mexican neighbors are not put at risk.

Please, sign Nathan’s petition and ask Johnson Controls to keep kids everywhere safe from toxic lead pollution.

For more information on this issue, see the work of OK International.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Janna Pearson AKRON, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Because no child should be poisoned!

    • Jeffrey Weidenhamer ASHLAND, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      Nathan, Thanks for what you are doing. Children deserve to be protected from the harmful effects of lead, no matter where they live.

    • Joel Pereira HO CHI MINH CITY, VIET NAM
      • over 2 years ago


      I support your efforts. I am a Canadian living in Asia and I see the effects of electrical waste pollution here among the developing countries as the, so called, first world, countries dump their electronic wastes on their neighbours - it's atrocious to the least. The WEEE and RoHS ligislations are meant to help curb this, but few follow and their ineffective because there are no punitive aspects and local governments permit the practice unrestrained.

    • Daniel Oswald STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
      • over 2 years ago

      Most battery manufacturers follow the very high standards for receycling of Lead Acid batteries and achieve very good receycling rates. It is sad that some "black sheep" think this is an acceptable way, to reduce cost. We all will pay for this!

    • Marisa Jacott MéXICO, MEXICO
      • over 2 years ago

      I sign this letter because we want to thank Nathan for this initiative and concern for the children's health of all over the world. Congratulations Nathan and will continue working to achieve safety communities in Mexico, free of lead. We will communicate your work to the kids studing in the school were the soil samples was taken. They will be very happy to participate to defend their own rights and support your effort. Sincerely, Marisa Jacott , Director of Fronteras Comunes. México.


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