Battery Recycling Process

Benefits of Battery Recycling

For over 150 years, our society has relied on lead batteries to make life easier and more sustainable. This technology now has the safest and most reliable track record of any power storage solution.

Lead can be recycled and re-used almost infinitely, making lead battery recycling the most successful recycling program in North America.

What happens to our recycled lead?

Lead battery recycling is the most successful recycling program in the world. More than 99 percent of battery lead in North America is recycled1 for:

  • New batteries
  • Sporting goods
  • Construction materials
  • X-ray and medical radiation protection
  • Automotive parts

What happens to our recycled plastic?

After processing, the plastic (polypropylene) from spent battery casings is used for numerous other molded products, including:

  • New battery casings
  • Plastic wheels
  • Car components

1Association of Battery Recyclers