The process of recycling spent (or dead) lead acid batteries begins by breaking apart the batteries so that the lead, plastic and acid can be separated. Once separated, the lead is then melted and poured into containers for storage then delivered to battery manufacturing plants to be used in making new batteries. After the lead is processed, the plastic is chipped, washed and taken to a plastics material handling plant to be melted for reuse in the making of battery cases and parts to be used to manufacture new lead acid batteries. Lastly, the acid, on a limited basis, can be reused. If the acid is unable to be reused, it is neutralized and discharged in an EPA compliant fashion.
‘Green’ Facts about Lead Acid Batteries:
- Once a lead-acid battery life has been spent, all lead acid batteries must be carefully processed by complying with all environmental regulatory standards, which involve sending reprocessed batteries to a ‘smelter’ to melt the lead in the batteries for reuse.
- 60-80% of the materials in lead acid batteries are made from recycled materials.
- Companies rely on batteries as the most cost effective solution to meet specific individual power needs/demands.
Eagle Battery is committed to protecting the environment from pollutants involved in manufacturing lead acid batteries. The Reprocessing Program is our way of giving back and ensuring that spent lead acid batteries are disposed of properly.