The Power of Recycling

Industry Facts

More than 99% of all battery lead in North America is recycled 1 , 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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