Did you know? During the recycling process, battery acid is neturalized, treated and discharged to create water used in the public water system.
Lead-acid batteries are used in automobiles, back-up lighting systems, lawn mowers, and computers. Lead-acid batteries contain lead, a toxic metal, and sulfuric acid. Many states prohibit disposal of lead-acid batteries in municipal solid waste, and many require either retailers, wholesalers, or distributors to take back batteries. Currently, about 90 percent of lead acid batteries used in automobiles are recycled.
Household batteries come in a variety of types including alkaline, carbon-zinc, mercuric-oxide, silver-oxide, zinc-air, and nickel-cadmium. Currently, only button catteries containing mercuryand silver or nickel-cadmium batteries can be recycled, often at net cost.