The Power of Recycling

Industry Facts

More than 99% of all battery lead in North America is recycled, compared to 58% of aluminum cans.1 1 Battery Council International (2014 National Recycled Rate Study).

One billion vehicles worldwide rely on lead-based batteries for power.

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

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

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

Lead is unrivalled as a barrier to radiation in hospitals, dentistry and laboratories.

Plastic recycled from spent casings can be used to make car components, shovels, paint cans and more.

Battery recyclers in North America keep approximately 1.7 million tons of lead batteries out of landfills annually.2 2 Association of Battery Recyclers (2013).

37 million lead-based start-stop batteries will be in micro-hybrid cars by 2020.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

25 billion kg CO2 equivalent saved by 2020 through vehicles with advanced lead batteries.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

90% of industrial batteries are lead-based.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

90% of household solar energy storage batteries are lead-based.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

65% of forklift batteries use lead-based batteries.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

100% of hybrid vehicles use lead-based batteries.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

10% fuel savings for start-stop vehicles using lead batteries.3 3 International Lead Association (2014).

1 Battery Council International (2014 National Recycled Rate Study).
2 Association of Battery Recyclers (2013).
3 International Lead Association (2014).

Lead Batteries in Everyday Life

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

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