Top Ten Toxic Industries

See below for the leading causes of disease and decline in quality of life due to toxic industry throughout the world.

Rank Industry DALYS
(disability-adjusted life year)
1. Lead-Acid Battery Recycling 4,800,000
2. Lead Smelting 2,600,000
3. Mining and Ore Processing 2,521,600
4. Tannery Operations 1,930,000
5. Industrial/Municipal Dump Sites 1,234,000
6. Industrial Estates 1,060,000
7. Artisanal Gold Mining 1,021,000
8. Product Manufacturing 786,000
9. Chemical Manufacturing 765,000
10. Dye Industry 430,000
NOTES: DALYs are a measurement of the burden of disease; one DALY can be thought of as one lost year of "healthy" life.
Source: the Blacksmith Institute, 2012. Web: .

Top Ten Toxic Industries


Where Should Newborns Sleep?
We've rounded up all the alternatives and considerations to make a safe choice for your new addition.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

5 Tips to Help Make Your Child Self-Sufficient
Follow these tips to help your child become self-sufficient, and help him learn the skills he'll need to take care of himself.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks