The life cycle planning and cost of a battery system typically
includes initial hardware development, production, documentation, testing, and
logistics and maintenance support. Deactivation and disposal must now be
included in the life cycle cost because of the heightened interest and new
regulations in environmental protection.
Deactivation and disposal are now integral parts of any system
having a battery. Batteries contain a combination of heavy metals, hazardous
materials, and possible carcinogens which must be disposed of in an approved
manner. The cost of proper disposal is a significant cost element to be
considered early in the battery selection process.
The Defense Reutilization Marketing Office (DRMO) provides for disposition
of batteries and other waste materials. (See Section