Lead-acid Batteries Become The Most Recycled Consumer Product In The U.S.

Lead-acid Batteries Become The Most Recycled Consumer Product In The U.S.

Date:Dec 11, 2019

According to the latest annual report of the "Recycling Rate Research" released by the United States Battery Council (BCI), lead-acid batteries are the "highest recycling rate" consumer products in the United States today.


The United States Battery Council (BCI), which represents the interests of lead-acid battery manufacturers and manufacturers of the automotive battery industry, recently released this research report. The organization used 2018 survey data. The survey shows that the lead-acid battery recovery rate in the United States from 2014 to 2018 is 99%, which makes it higher than other consumer products.


Kevin Moran, Executive Vice President of the United States Battery Council (BCI), said, "The recovery rate of lead-acid batteries in the United States is close to 99%. The main components of lead-acid batteries (such as plastics, acids, and lead) become valuable resources that can be used to manufacture New lead-acid batteries with more than 100% recyclable materials. These data reinforce lead-acid batteries as a smart, sustainable option to support renewable energy storage and green transportation growth. "


Moran said that according to the BCI survey, more than 70% of the world's rechargeable batteries are lead-acid batteries.


Kevin Moran's argument is similar to that of battery maker Trojan Battery. The representative said that lead-acid batteries are still playing an important role in storing solar energy, and the investment cost (not the lifetime operating cost) of lead-acid batteries is lower than that of lithium-ion batteries.


At the same time, lithium-ion batteries are not only more recyclable than many believe, but used or partially discarded lithium-ion batteries and related waste have higher value. In addition, lithium-ion batteries can be monitored at the cell level. Many people in the industry say that this provides a clear window into understanding the performance and life of lithium-ion batteries.


Recently, Canadian battery recycler Li Cycle has recovered most of the available materials (including cobalt) from the disposal of used lithium-ion batteries, and the British company Aceleron has also begun using secondary batteries for deployment in Kenya. Residential solar system.



In addition, although lead-acid batteries are recyclable, in emerging markets such as Africa, many lead-acid batteries have been reused many times due to the incomplete supply chain for recycling, and some batteries have leaked toxic substances


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