Why Is It So Important To Recycle Car Batteries?

Why Is It So Important To Recycle Car Batteries?

The earth depends on us recycling all we can. However, unlike recycling plastic bottles or soda cans, recycling a car battery is a completely different process. For starters, you'll have to transport it to a different location! For a variety of reasons, recycling is vital to safeguard the environment, but recycling a car battery is also an issue of safety. Some of the elements in a car battery, such as sulfuric acid, are toxic and must be properly disposed of or recycled.

As a result, simply putting your battery in the recycle bin will not suffice and is also illegal. Between 60 to 80 percent of a car battery is recyclable, and the rest must be disposed of with the appropriate machinery and care. Places like Batco have both the knowledge and infrastructure to carry this out in a safe and environmentally friendly way.

Where Can I Get a Car Battery Recycled?

A battery recycling drop off point is available at most Rubbish Depots around Brisbane and of course if you are getting your new replacement battery from Batco then they will gladly look after this for you. Look up the nearest battery recycling facility in your neighborhood on the internet. Alternatively, if you buy a new battery to replace your old one from an auto parts store that carries Batco Batteries or direct from them, they will take care of this for you. Of course dropping at Rubbish Depots will cost you or one of your Brisbane Tip Vouchers.

During the recycling process, what happens?

When you recycle your battery, the recycling company separates it into three parts: plastic, lead, and electrolytes.

The outside plastic case is disintegrated into little plastic pellets. These pellets are eventually melted down and used to make new casing for other automobile batteries.

Lead is melted down into lead ingots in the same way as plastic is. The lead comes not only from the battery grid, but also from the terminals and posts. The recycled lead will be used in new battery parts. If any lead oxide remains, it can potentially be used in future batteries.

Electrolytes are a critical component in the recycling process. The electrolyte conductor in car batteries is usually sulfuric acid. Sulfuric acid can produce toxic vapors that are detrimental to your health and the environment if not handled and disposed of appropriately.

Battery acid is neutralized by a basic chemical, which turns it into water. The water is then treated and tested before being disposed of in the sewer system. Converting the battery acid to sodium sulfate is another option. Sodium sulfate is a recyclable component found in laundry detergent, textiles, and glass.

Why Is It Important to Recycle a Car Battery?

According to the Battery Council International, lead-acid batteries are recycled in 90% of cases! This is particularly impressive given that just 26% of glass bottles and 55% of metal cans are recycled on a yearly basis. That is to say, people take auto battery recycling very seriously, and for good reason. Battery acid requires special treatment, but the other elements, such as plastic and lead, are excellent candidates for recycling into new batteries, reducing the amount of waste generated by automobile batteries.

Recycling car batteries will become such an everyday part of our culture and community as a result of increased awareness, and recycling batteries will soon reach 100%!

Pile of old batteries

Anyone who works with industrial batteries must acquire the necessary training. Don't hesitate to contact Batco Batteries if you have any questions concerning battery usage procedures.