Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Done Right

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Recycling your battery responsibly.

Tossing your lead-acid battery into the trash is dangerous and harmful to the environment.

We know that.

That's why we make sure we do everything we can to educate our customers on how to properly dispose of lead-acid batteries safely.

More than 90% of all battery lead and plastic is recycled in North America, making lead-acid batteries one of the most highly recycled consumer products in the world, surpassing aluminum soft drinks and beer cans, newspapers, and old tires.

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These batteries are worth the time to bring into a regulated battery recycling facility, such as any Canadian Energy branch or Canada Proof dealer across Canada, full truckloads of scrap batteries are then shipped to government approved smelters and broken down.

Where it all ends up:

A typical new lead-acid battery is made from 60%-80% recycled materials. When the battery sees the end of its life, the individual components can be disassembled and turned into other products.

Electrolytes

Used battery acid (dilute sulfuric acid) can be neutralized with a compound similar to baking soda. This turns the acids into water. The water is treated, cleaned, and tested to be sure it meets clean water standards, and can then be released into the public sewer system.

Another way to treat battery acid is to process it and convert it to sodium sulfate, an odorless white powder that is used in laundry detergent, glass, and textile manufacturing. It is separated from sodium sulfate crystals. Acid can also be reclaimed and reused in new battery products through innovative recycling processes. 

Lead

Battery grids, posts, terminals, and plates are melted down, resulting in lead ingots and lead oxide. Recycled lead and lead oxides are used in the production of new lead plates and other parts for batteries.

Plastic

Cases and covers are washed and crushed into plastic pellets. These plastic pellets are used to manufacture new battery covers and cases.

 

To help keep batteries as one of the most recycled products in the world, please contact your nearest Canadian Energy branch to learn how to properly recycle your batteries:

https://www.cdnrg.com/locations/branches

Check out Canadian Energy’s batteries and accessories for all needs: https://www.cdnrg.com/batteries

 

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