The Power of Recycling

Industry Facts

More than 99% of all battery lead in North America is recycled1, compared to 58% of aluminum cans.2 1 Battery Council International, 2017 National Recycled Rate Study. 2 EPA, Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet, November 2016.

More than one billion vehicles worldwide rely on lead-based batteries for power.

The lead in lead batteries can be recycled an infinite number of times.

Modern, closed-loop recycling keeps more than 122 million lead batteries from landfills each year.1 Battery Council International, 2017 National Recycled Rate Study.

The world entrusts 75 percent of its rechargeable energy storage needs to lead batteries.  5 Avicenne Energy, The Rechargeable Battery Market and Main Trends 2014 - 2015, March 2015.

Lead recycled from spent batteries can be used in new batteries, sporting goods, radiation protection and more.

37 million lead-based start-stop batteries will be in micro-hybrid cars by 2020.4 4 International Lead Association.

90% of industrial batteries are lead-based.4 4 International Lead Association.

25 billion kg CO2 equivalent saved by 2020 through vehicles with advanced lead batteries.4  4 International Lead Association.

A new lead battery is comprised of more than 80 percent recycled lead.7

90% of household solar energy storage batteries are lead-based.4 4 International Lead Association.

65% of forklift batteries use lead-based batteries.4 4 International Lead Association.

100% of hybrid vehicles use lead-based batteries.4 4 International Lead Association.

10% fuel savings for start-stop vehicles using lead batteries.4 4 International Lead Association.

Lead batteries help to safely transport Americans via public transportation 35 million times each weekday.6 American Public Transportation Association, 2017.

Lead batteries store renewable energy from wind turbines and solar panels.

Lead is the dominant battery chemistry used to support a U.S. communications infrastructure worth more than $1 trillion.

The global automotive industry produces more than 85 million new vehicles annually. On average, each vehicle will use three to four lead batteries over its lifespan.Johnson Controls, Success of the Circular Economy of Automotive Battery Recycling, 2017.

1 Battery Council International, 2017 National Recycled Rate Study.
2 EPA, Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet, November 2016.​
3 Association of Battery Recyclers.
4 International Lead Association.
5 Avicenne Energy, The Rechargeable Battery Market and Main Trends 2014 - 2025, March 2015.
6 American Public Transportation Association, 2017.  
7 The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Impact and Life Cycle Assessment of Lead Battery and Architectural Sheet Production, 2016.
8 Johnson Controls, Success of the Circular Economy of Automotive Battery Recycling, 2017.


 

Lead Batteries in Everyday Life

Recycled lead-based batteries impact aspects of our daily lives.

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