After a battery’s useful life, its contents become an environmental hazard. According to EPA estimates, American consumers purchase more than 350 million rechargeable batteries each year.
Rechargeable batteries contain many different types of heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, lithium and nickel cadmium. If not properly managed, these can:
Pollute lakes and streams
Mix lead and acid into the environment
Cause hazards at solid waste landfills
Harm individuals who come into contact with them
The most common rechargeable batteries in America are the lead-acid batteries used for starting cars. According to the Environmental Protection Agency they are one of the most recycled products in America at 97% reclamation, beating out tires (75%), paper (66%), aluminum (55%) and plastic (8%).
The reclamation of lead-acid batteries is a true environmental success story and we are proud to be a part of this industry.
We Make Recycling Easy
United Battery’s dedication to safe battery recycling means you don’t have to concern your self with improper battery disposal, now or in the future. By dealing directly with U.S. smelters you can be assured that your batteries will be handled in an environmentally safe manner, you’ll never have to worry about hefty fines, penalties or paper work burdens associated with hazard waste disposal laws.