Car battery recycling is standard in all 50 states. The contents of used batteries can be very harmful to human health, as well as the environment. Many batteries have lead, acid, mercury, cadmium and other metals. Here are some options to recycle your used car batteries.
Believe it or not, there is a market for your used car batteries. By using this method, you will sell your batteries, usually to an auto shop of some sorts. They will then refurbish them and resell them. It is a great way to make sure that your battery is not disposed of in the wrong way, and you get some cash for the battery that you weren’t going to be using anyway.
Many car batteries, especially the older ones, contain both lead and acid. These are hazardous and they need to be disposed of correctly as well as legally. You can contact your local government to see what their policy is, as it may change from town to town, as well as state to state. They may even have a program in place where they will pick up your batteries to ensure safe travel to the dump site. That way during transport, nothing leaks or breaks.
This is a great program run by AAA. Created to help celebrate Earth Day, this roundup can help dispose of batteries correctly. They have helped the overall total of 97% of batteries getting recycled. However, that other 3% leads to a ton of lead, as well as sulfuric acid production.