Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | July 21, 2008

Majority of lead acid automobile batteries are recycled each year by Americans.

Most cars use a lead-acid battery.  A lead-acid battery is a electrical storage device that uses a reversible chemical reaction to store energy.  Such a battery uses a combination of lead plates or grids and an electrolyte consisting of a diluted sulphuric acid to convert electrical energy into potential chemical energy and back again. The electrolyte of lead-acid batteries is dangerous and may produce burns and other permanent damage if your skin comes into contact with the acid.   Still, lead acid batteries are safe, dependable, and widely used in our automobiles. 

Nearly 90 percent of all lead-acid automobile batteries are recycled each year. Almost any retailer that sells lead-acid batteries also collects used batteries for recycling, as required by most state laws.   Reclaimers send the plastic battery casing to a reprocessor for manufacture into new plastic products.  They sell purified lead to battery manufacturers and other industries.  Today, a typical lead-acid battery contains 60 to 80 percent recycled lead and plastic.

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