STATEMENT

Global Alliance of Lead Battery Manufacturers and Recyclers Urges Attention to Informal Recycling

Agrees UNICEF/Pure Earth Report Highlights Recognized Need for Action In Low- to Middle- Income Countries

WASHINGTON – July 29 – “We want to see an end to all informal and unregulated recycling as documented by Pure Earth and UNICEF. This important report shines a spotlight on the problem, and we will continue to play our part in helping to eradicate it. The more governments and regulators do in these countries to provide incentives to ensure that used batteries are only recycled by high performing recyclers, and to crack down on unregulated recycling, the better.

“Through our global material stewardship program, the trade association member companies are committed to ensuring that inappropriately recycled lead does not enter our supply chains. We are also providing expert consultancy in many affected countries to improve recycling standards and will continue to work with NGOs like Pure Earth in their efforts to create sustainable solutions globally.

“However, we cannot do this alone. Success requires strong commitment from governments and regulatory bodies in the countries affected for real and long-lasting improvements to take place. For many people in low- and middle-income countries, informal and unregulated recycling is a subsistence issue, and the materials they are handling have a high economic value. Governments and regulators in these countries must incentivise high-performing, regulated recyclers and crack down on the informal sector and its practices.

“To deliver the acknowledged circular economy benefits of using lead batteries it is important that only high-performing recyclers are involved.

“It is a tragedy when a person or community is damaged or harmed by improper recycling of used batteries and the findings of the report warrant careful scrutiny. That said, it is important to note the distinction made in the report between informal and unregulated recycling, and the advanced recycling standards in the U.S. and in Europe, which set a high standard for effective and sustainable battery recycling, with batteries safely and efficiently recycled.”

EU / REST OF WORLD
Hywel Jarman
+44 207 833 8090 / +44 7718 483 887
Jarman@ila-lead.org

Fareha Lasker liaising with Gert Meylemans
+44 7936 371 985 / +32 475 565 661
Lasker@ila-lead.org

Huw Longton
+32 2 761 16 22/ +32 471 58 13 14
hlongton@eurobat.org

US
Lisa Dry
+ 1 202 345 3673
ldry@batterycouncil.org

Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit www.batterycouncil.org and www.essentialenergyeveryday.com.

About EUROBAT
EUROBAT is the association for the European manufacturers automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has more than 50 members from across the continent and from the whole supply chain comprising more than 90% of the automotive and industrial battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility and renewable energy storage.

@eurobat_org         https://www.eurobat.org/          linkedin.com

The Association of Battery Recyclers, Inc. is a non-profit trade association of companies that are involved in recycling spent lead batteries and other lead-bearing materials.

 

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.

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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