4 Things You Didn’t Know About Car Battery Recycling
At Logel’s Auto Parts in Kitchener, we recycle all manner of car parts. One of the most important parts of the car to be recycled is the car battery.
Here are a few little-known facts about car battery recycling.
Car Batteries Are Terrible for the Environment
One of the reasons it’s important to recycle car batteries, and to recycle them correctly and responsibly, is because they are one of the worst pollution problems for the earth. Car batteries contain harmful chemicals like sulfuric acid and lead that can end up in our water sources if not recycled properly.
Car Batteries Are the Most Recycled Item on the Planet
Luckily, most people and industries recycle car batteries responsibly, leading them to be the most recycled item on the planet. Approximately 100 million batteries are replaced each year, and about 99% of them are recycled — that’s 99 million recycled car batteries!
All of the Components in Car Batteries Can Be Reused
Car batteries are made up of a wide range of components, from metals to acids and more. But everything that makes up a used car battery can be reused in new batteries. The lead in batteries is typically reused time and again in new batteries. Plastic can also be used in new batteries, or can be reused in other items as well. Even sulfuric acid and sodium sulfate, found in car batteries, can be reused in new batteries, fertilizers, dyes and laundry detergent.
You Can’t Recycle a Car Battery with Household Waste
Before you head to your local recycling depot to recycle your old car battery, it’s important to note that it’s illegal to dispose of car batteries with regular household waste. Car batteries require specialized recycling processes that aren’t available at the local landfill. Instead, take your car battery to a specialized car part recycler to ensure it’s being disposed of correctly.
At Logel’s Auto Parts, we specialize in the recycling of car parts, including car batteries. If you’d like to recycle your end-of-life vehicle or are looking for a new car battery for your car, contact us.