What's Inside A Battery?

A single-use alkaline battery is made of zinc, manganese, potassium, metal, plastic and paper

Did you know that there are recoverable resources inside of each battery regardless of its type?

Take a single-use alkaline battery for instance. These are the non-rechargeable type batteries that come in AAA, AA, C, D, 9 volt and various button cell sizes.

On average, 25% of the battery is made up of steel. Did you know that steel can be recycled infinitely? Our mechanical process is able to recover 100% of the steel in each battery for reuse.

60% of the battery is made up of a combination of materials like zinc, manganese and potassium. These materials are all earth elements. This combination of material is 100% recovered and reused as a micro-nutrient in the production of fertilizer to grow corn.

The remaining 15% by weight is made up of paper and plastic. These materials are sent to an energy from waste facility to create electricity.

When you recycle your alkaline batteries at Raw Materials Company, you can be certain that 100% of each battery is being reused and no materials are going to landfill.


Do you live in Ontario, Canada? 

If so, you can search for a store near you that recycles batteries. Simply type your postal code or city name into our search tool. If you live outside of Ontario, check with your local municipality to find your closest recycling point. 


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Canada: (905) 835-1203
Toll Free: 1-888-WE-REDUCE
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Raw Materials Company Inc.
17 Invertose Drive
Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V5
Canada

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