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We Recycle - The Recycling Process

Transportation


Fig 1. Transportation network

The same transportation network used to distribute new batteries safely trucks spent batteries from point of exchange to recycling plants. (Fig. 1)

Spent Batteries

At the recycling facility, spent or "junk" batteries are broken apart and separated into components to begin the recycling process. (Figs. 2–5)

Fig 2. Junk batteries

Plastic

Plastic pellets recycled from old battery cases and covers are used to manufacture new battery cases and covers. (Figs. 6 & 10)

Fig 3. Crush the cases and covers

Lead

Lead ingots recycled from battery grids and lead oxide are used to manufacture new battery grids and components. (Figs. 7 & 11)

Fig 4. Melt grids

Sodium Sulfate

Sodium sulfate crystals separated from old battery acid are recycled and sold for use in textile, glass and detergent manufacturing. (Figs. 8–9)

Fig 5. Neutralize battery acid

Fig. 6
Plastic pellets

Fig. 7
Lead ingots

Fig. 8
Sodium sulfate
crystals

New Covers and Cases

Battery covers and cases are manufactured for new batteries from recycled plastic. (Figs. 6 & 10)

Fig 10. New cases and lids

New Grids and Lead Oxide

Battery grids are manufactured from recycled lead for use in new batteries. Recovered lead oxide is also used in new battery manufacturing. (Figs. 11 & 12)
Fig. 11
New grids
Fig. 12
Lead oxide
Fig. 9
Glass, textiles,
detergents

Fig 13. New batteries

New Battery

New batteries are manufactured which are 99% recyclable and 87% comprised of previously recycled materials.
(Fig. 13)

 

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