Lead Based Batteries Continues Near-Perfect Recycling Rate.

Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International (BCI) released their new National Recycling Rate Study showing lead batteries with a 99.3 percent recycling rate. The near-perfect rate of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a state-of-the-art closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries our of landfills annually.

The new study confirms the commitment of the lead battery industry to provide safe, sustainable energy storage. As the most accessible highly-sustainable battery technology, lead batteries’ innovation applications also reduce CO2 emissions in vehicles through start-stop battery technology, help power hybrid and electric vehicles and enable smart grid technology that improves the reliability of wind and solar farms.

“Our goal is to recycle and reuse as many batteries as possible as part of our commitment to provide an environmentally-friendly source of energy storage,” said Mark Thorsby, executive vice president of BCI.

Read the full article on the Essential Energy Everyday website.

Telling the Story of the Lead Battery & Recycling Industry.

Our member companies are good neighbors in their communities through a commitment to safety and sustainability.

Watch the new industry video to see how.

International Lead Association (ILA) has released a statement on the European Union (EU) Battery Summit, agreeing that “there is an urgent need for a clear European framework that supports innovation in battery technology.  But this must recognize and support the future potential for all battery types, including lead batteries.”

Read the full article on the International Lead Association website.

Battery Council International (BCI) has released a video featuring the recycling of a lead battery’s primary components: lead, plastic and acid.  According to figures provided in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report, 99% of lead batteries are recycled, making them the most recycled consumer good in the United States.

Read the full article and watch the video from the Battery Council International.

Identifying Lead Batteries from Lithium-ion Batteries

There is serious risk of fire and explosion if a lithium-ion battery enters the lead battery recycling stream. While batteries can appear similar, it is important to make sure lead and lithium-ion batteries are properly identified and sorted. Use this flyer to practice safe recycling.

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