Lead-acid Battery Types
Lead-acid batteries are the oldest type of rechargeable battery still in use today. They are more commonly found in larger applications and are used when there is a requirement for short, powerful surges of energy. Like the kind of surge needed to turn the starter motor on a car or truck.
In Canada, over 98% of all lead-acid batteries are collected for recycling. This is important because lead can be very poisonous to a person or animal if they are exposed to it under certain conditions. Being exposed to lead can damage a person's nervous system and is known to be responsible for causing brain disorders.
The lead in a lead-acid battery is a valuable metal and because of its high weight and compact nature, it is an attractive item for many scrap metal recyclers.
In recent years there has been concern with the recycling of lead-acid batteries in foreign countries with poor environmental standards and less than adequate safety measures for their workers.
Be sure that the collector you recycle your battery with is approved by the appropriate regulatory body in your area to ensure that this material is handled in the most responsible way.
Does your office or workplace generate a significant quantity of battery waste in a year?
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For your convenience, here is a summary of important links related to this page.
- What's Inside A Battery?
- Battery Types
- Lead Acid Battery
- Primary Battery
- Rechargeable Battery
- Vented Cell Battery
Did you know?
Zinc is one of the world's most commonly used metals. Approximately 30% of the zinc today comes from recycled sources. Raw Materials Company is able to recover zinc from the batteries that you recycle. The zinc we recover is then reused as micronutrients in fertilizer to grow corn for biofuel.
As a result of RMC's recycled materials, farmers are able to increase their yields by over 20 bushels per acre. This is important considering our growing population and the need to make efficient use of our existing farmland.
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