Why you should recycle your used car battery

By AWD Digital

Used car batteries, also known as lead acid batteries, are a commonly recycled item, as they contain valuable substances such as lead, lead compounds, plastic and sulphuric acids. Car batteries are 98% recyclable, and although many are recycled each year, hundreds of thousands are sent to landfill, or stored within the household. Because of their chemical compounds, the improper disposal of car batteries can pose a risk to people and the environment. Here is the essential information you need to know about battery recycling.

Recycling is good for the environment

At a 99% recycle rate, lead batteries are one of the most recycled items in Australia, surpassing other consumer products like aluminium cans, newspapers, glass bottles and tires. The recycling of lead batteries is not only environmentally friendly, but also economical, as each new lead battery contains 60 to 80 percent recycled lead and plastic.

Recycling must be done by professionals

Used lead batteries must be recycled by a professional metal recycling company. Under strict environmental regulations, the licensed recycler will reclaim the lead and plastic from the car battery, which will be sent to a new battery manufacturer. This recycling process allows the life cycle of car batteries to continue on for many years.

Get cash for scrap

To get the most out of your used car battery, while doing your bit for the environment, why not consider cash for scrap? Most professional metal recycling companies will gladly accept your old lead batteries and offer you payment in return.
If you’re looking to cash in your scrap metal, Metal Men Recycling offer a free 24/7 scrap metal pickup service. We responsibly recycle lead car batteries, as well as many other ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

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