The Power of Recycling

Industry Facts

More than 99% of all battery lead in North America is recycled1, compared to 54.9% of aluminum cans.2  

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  

The world entrusts over 70% of its rechargeable energy storage needs to lead batteries.

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.

90% of industrial batteries are lead-based.4  

Start-stop technology utilizing lead batteries is eliminating 4.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the U.S.9    

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

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

Approximately 60% of forklifts use lead batteries.4  

Nearly 100% of hybrid vehicles use lead-based batteries.4  

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

Lead batteries help to safely transport Americans via public transportation 34 million times each weekday.  

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.

1 National Recycled Rate Study, Battery Council International, 2017.
2 Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2015 Fact Sheet,  Environmental Protection Agency, July 2018.​
3 Association of Battery Recyclers.
4 International Lead Association.
5  The Rechargeable Battery Market and Main Trends 2018-2030, Avicenne Energy, May 2019.
6  American Public Transportation Association, 2019.  
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.
 Consortium for Battery Innovation, 2019.

Lead Batteries in Everyday Life

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

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