We always get asked whether or not you can sell old batteries to us to be recycled. The short answer is yes, we absolutely accept old batteries and can properly recycle them. But there are a few catches – one of which is the types of batteries that we’re able to recycle. This guide has been prepared to talk about some of the facts surrounding battery recycling and what you can and can’t recycle.
Lead-acid batteries are the primary type of battery that we accept here at Metal Men Recycling. These are the sorts of batteries that are commonly found in cars as well as heavy construction machinery and trucks. Whilst smaller everyday batteries are still recyclable, these should be dropped off at safe collection points such as those at ALDI.
Almost every part of a lead-acid battery is recyclable – making it one of the more recyclable objects that we purchase. These types of batteries should be handled with care as the gases contained with them could potentially be explosive. Wear protective clothing, goggles and gloves when handling lead-acid batteries to deter any serious injuries.
Lead-acid batteries are inexpensive and accounted for 40 – 45% of battery sales for most of the world in 1999. Nowadays, they’re being phased out in favour of lithium-ion batteries which power electric cars.
Environmental impacts – why it’s important to recycle them?
As the name implies, lead-acid batteries contain lead and lead compounds in them, which is a heavy metal and toxic to the environment – as well as people. They also contain around two-three litres of sulfuric acid. These types of batteries are more often than not dumped in landfill – which means the lead could contaminate the soil and groundwater. This is the main reason why recycling lead-acid batteries is such an important venture.
Another reason is that the resources within these batteries are finite and by recycling them you’re giving them a new lease on life. In fact, lead is almost 100% recyclable and retains all of its properties when recycled. This property alone makes it a highly desirable substance within the recycling world.
So, not only does this conserve natural resources, but it also mitigates environmental impacts by reducing the amount of lead that is released at landfills. It also uses between 35 – 45% less energy to recycle lead in comparison to mining for fresh ore. The majority of recycled lead in Australia is exclusively from lead-acid batteries in fact.
The rest of the battery is easily recyclable as it’s made up of plastic and metal and can be remade into other car batteries, plant pots and even laundry detergents. We highly encourage you to sell old batteries to us so that we may appropriately recycle them and continue to contribute to a more sustainable economy.
The recycling process
We do not recommend you attempt to remove any parts of the battery on your own. You should always handle lead-acid batteries with care when transporting them to our facility. If you notice any leaks or damage that the battery has sustained, then you should take extra care and – as we mentioned above – wear protective gear whilst handling it.
We’re able to safely separate the toxic substances from the rest of the battery and then recycle the lead separately. Overall, the recycling process saves resources, time and money compared to creating products from scratch and mining for virgin ore.
Are you looking to sell old batteries?
Lead-acid batteries can be found in old cars, junkyards, heavy machinery and trucks. If you happen to come across one, then we highly recommend selling it to us so we can safely and appropriately recycle it. Metal Men Recycling is a scrap metal recycling plant that recycles several different types of metal and products including lead-acid batteries, brass, electric motors, scrap cars and cans to name a few.
We offer pickup services with several sized bins for large collections at home or at your business. We’ll deliver the bins and once they’ve been filled, we’ll come back to pick them up within a 24-hours. We also offer weighbridges that are rated to 90 tonnes so you can get your vehicle through our facility easily.
If you’d like to get in touch with us to discuss our services or sell old batteries, then please give us a call on 03 5941 6677. You may also contact us via the enquiry form found on our website.