What Happens to Used Batteries?

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For many companies within the building, construction, and mining industries, vehicles are a core part of operations. As well as enabling a faster and more efficient workflow, many forms of heavy-duty forms of vehicles are machinery on wheels; allowing excavations, robust development, and shifting of bulky materials.

One side effect of relying on high-functioning vehicles is regular battery replacement, especially those used in high capacities every day. This might be a car used to commute between offices or worksites, or mine site fleets. In order to prevent environmental damage, as well as destructive dumping, it’s important to safely dispose of your used batteries. Which begs the question; how to dispose of car batteries?

What happens to car batteries?

Batteries from cars and other vehicles are of the high-powered lead acid variations, with each one containing lead compounds, as well as sulphuric acid in some cases. While an effective way to power vehicles, these are harmful materials; the silver lining is that almost every single one of them can be recycled.

The answer to the question of ‘what happens to car batteries?’ completely depends on the vehicle owner, or the company responsible for the car. Around seventy thousand tons of batteries are used every year, but, unfortunately, in some cases these lead batteries end up in landfills where they leak hazardous material into the earth.

Can car batteries be recycled?

Used batteries from cars, and other vehicles such as mine fleets, absolutely can and should be recycled. Despite each battery containing lead and a whopping 2-3 litres of toxic sulphuric acid, they can be recycled and reformed into new products. From pots and lamps, to new batteries, lead-acid variations are best recycled to remove lead from the environment.

The process to recycle car batteries requires specialist equipment, and should be handled by trained experts who abide by strict safety standards, like C.D.Dodd Scrap Metal Recyclers experienced team. The responsible disposal and recycling of lead batteries is important for preventing toxic pollution and other side-effects which are poor for the environment; an area many stakeholders are increasingly focused on.

How to dispose of car batteries

The safest way to handle used car batteries is to hand them over to the professionals with premium battery recycling equipment at C.D.Dodd, who will not only recycle them efficiently, but pay you to do so.

For business or organisations regularly disposing of quantities of batteries, C.D.Dodd is capable of handling all battery collection and disposal. Regular, secure pick-ups are carried out within Perth, as well further afield across WA. So – can car batteries be recycled? Absolutely!

Responsible recycling with C.D.Dodd

Operating with premier collection vehicles approved for battery transport, as licensed by the DWER, C.D.Dodd is one of the largest lead-acid battery recycling in Perth and the surrounding areas. With a central location in Forrestfield, East Perth, as well as recycling depots in Karratha and Kalgoorlie, drop-offs as well as secure collections make battery recycling straightforward for your business.

Operate your business in a smart, environmentally safe way with the help of the long-term recycling experts at C.D.Dodd. For more information and drop-offs, pay by weight system, or to book a battery collection, contat us today.

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