Birmingham Recycle USA, Inc. Providing Industrial Batteries Recycling Services

Lead acid batteries are typically used in battery back-up units (UPS devices), cars, forklifts and other large or industrial equipment. They contain lead and other toxic chemicals which require disposal using special equipment and trained personnel.

The methods for recycling batteries depend on the underlying component parts and metallic content of the battery. Some require significant pre-processing and are subject to DOT transportation laws and EPA requirements and some are relatively easy to process. The laws governing battery recycling differ from state-to-state and there is an increasing trend towards regulating battery disposal.

Each type of battery is recycled in a different way depending on its underlying component parts and metallic content. Some require significant pre-processing and are subject to DOT transportation laws and EPA requirements and some are relatively easy to process. The laws governing battery recycling differ from state-to-state and there is an increasing trend towards regulating battery disposal.

The following is a brief overview of how lead acid batteries are recycled.

The battery is broken apart in a hammer mill. Then the broken battery pieces are placed into a vat, where the lead and heavy materials fall to the bottom and the plastic floats. The plastic pieces are scooped away and the liquids are drawn off, leaving the lead and heavy metals. Each of the materials goes into a different recycling “stream”. The plastic is sent to a facility for washing, melting and re-extruding. The acid is neutralized in one of two ways. The lead is cleaned and re-smelted for reuse.

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