Battery Recyclers of America recycled 35,764,671 pounds of batteries throughout the U.S. in 2019. That’s 80 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty. Instead of ending up in landfills, the materials from these batteries will go on to become new products, including new batteries.
Battery Recyclers of America, which specializes in high-volume disposal, aims to promote recycling and reduce the number of batteries that end up in landfills by providing safe, efficient recycling processes. One way it’s leading the charge is by making battery recycling more accessible for commercial customers — even those in remote locations such as Anchorage, AK or congested urban areas like Atlanta, GA. In 2019, the organization collected batteries from customers in over 700 U.S. cities. Services are available in all 50 states.
Battery Recyclers of America is uniquely equipped to handle the logistics challenges of large scale battery recycling. Customers can contact Battery Recyclers of America with the number and type of batteries they have. The company will arrange to pick up the batteries — often as early as the next day. A team of experts handles every aspect of disposal from arranging transportation to managing Department of Transportation (DOT) and other regulatory considerations. Customers can also opt to have Battery Recyclers of America take care of palletizing and packaging the batteries for shipment.
Once the batteries have been picked up, they are taken to an EPA-approved recycling facility. At the recycling facility, the batteries are broken apart or manually disassembled. Then, the internal components are melted in a vat, crushed, or broken apart. Each of the components — plastic, lead and heavy metals, and battery acid — are separated and sent on their own recycling path. After the batteries are recycled, customers receive a recycling certificate. This demonstrates their compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.
Although recycling rates have increased over time, Americans still throw away more than three billion batteries — about 180,000 tons — each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These batteries contain dangerous materials like mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel that can be released into the soil and water.
Many of these batteries have the potential to be recycled. Battery recycling helps keep toxic and harmful materials out of landfills. Recycling can also help promote reuse of raw materials and keep the cost of new batteries lower.
If you have batteries in need of recycling or would like to learn more, contact Battery Recyclers of America today.