Car Batteries

Car batteries are the most recycled products in the U.S., having a 98 percent to 99 percent recycling rate. Most individuals simply return their old car batteries to the dealership or the store where they are purchasing their replacement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can one get money for an old car battery?

Yes. Car batteries can be scrapped at most scrap yards, according to iScrap App.  Some auto parts retailers also take a deposit on a new battery when it is purchased, so you may be entitled for a pay-out when you return it to that retailer for recycling when it’s spent.

What do auto parts stores and service shops do with old batteries?

In accordance with various state and regional laws and contracts with battery manufacturers and recyclers, certified service shops ship out batteries for recycling en masse. More than 98 percent of battery lead is recycled, according to Battery Council International.

Are there any recycled materials in car batteries?

Yes. The typical new lead-acid battery contains 60 to 80 percent recycled lead and plastic, according to Battery Council International.

Do I need to pay to recycle an old car battery?

Most auto parts stores offer complimentary battery recycling with the purchase of a qualifying new car battery.

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