Batteries Contain Lead and Other Hazardous Materials
Imagine the environmental damage that can be caused by carelessly discarding 18 pounds of lead, two pounds of plastic and a gallon of acid – the average contents of a lead acid battery. Fortunately, scrap lead-acid batteries can be safely recycled. In fact, they have been recycled since the 1920’s, and today these batteries have a higher recycling rate than other waste products such as aluminum, paper and beverage containers made of glass or plastic, to name a few. Over 98% of all used batteries are recycled today.