Lead Shot (Non-Ferrous Metal)
Lead is a naturally occurring non-ferrous metal found in the earth’s crust. It has been used in commercial and household products for thousands of years. In the past lead was used in paint, gasoline, pottery, water pipes and other products. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body. Children and adults can get lead poisoning though ingesting (eating) or inhaling (breathing) materials or dusts that contain lead). There is no safe level of lead. When lead is absorbed, it has an adverse affect on your nervous systems. Animals are also adversely affected from inhaling or ingesting lead.
Medical research shows that lead can harm human health even at low exposure levels.
Lead poisoning is widespread and preventable. Some of the adverse effects of lead include learning abnormalities and behavioral problems in children. Kids are more vulnerable to lead than adults; but lead effects all human health and the environment. Lead, is one of the most hazardous, toxic metals because of its ability to accumulate as it is absorbed in a body. Lead also has a long life in the environment.
Lead is used in making ammunition because the density and hardness of lead provide desirable ballistic properties. Lead shot from hunting and recreational shooting can expose dozens of bird species and other wildlife to the toxic effects of lead poisoning. Every year over 600 tons of spent lead shot end up on or in Washington’s lands or waterways. Many animals are directly exposed to lead when they mistake lead fragments for food or grit, people or animals can then be exposed if they eat an animal killed with lead shot. Not long ago, hundreds of thousands of waterfowl in North America died every year from the ingestion of lead shotgun pellets. Since the 1991 nationwide ban on hu nting waterfowl with lead shot, lead poisoning in waterfowl has been greatly reduced.
What You Can Do:
Use nontoxic alternative shot shell loads: steel, tungsten, tungsten-alloys, bismuth and tin.
- Central Transfer and Recycling Center
- Mobile Collection Events
- Washougal Transfer Station
- West Van Materials Recovery Center