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Battery Recycling Services

We lead by example by recycling the majority of the batteries we sell. We support retail and business customers alike by keeping them in full compliance with federal, state, municipal, EPA and DOT regulations governing the disposal and recycling of spent batteries and select electronics. We recycle spent batteries not only because it is the law, but we also recognize that it is the right thing to do to protect our environment.

We recycle the following batteries:

  • Lead acid (Pb) Batteries - Cars, Trucks and Emergency Lighting
  • Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) Batteries - Cordless phones, Tools and Two Way Radios
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Batteries - Camcorders, Cameras and Bar Code Scanners
  • Lithium Ion (Li Ion) & Lithium Polymer (Li Poly) - Cell phones and Laptops

Additional recycling services for businesses and other chemistries are available upon request, fees may apply. Some of these services include volume discount opportunities, boxes for battery and light bulb recycling, and recycling pickup options.

Contact us or visit your nearest store for complete details.

Route of Recycling a Lead Acid Battery


Transportation Network

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)

Junk batteries

Fig 2. Junk batteries


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

crush the cases and covers

Fig 3. Crush the cases and covers


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

Melt Grids

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)

Neutralize battery acid

Fig 5. Neutralize battery acid

Plastic pellets

Fig. 6
Plastic pellets

Lead ingots

Fig. 7
Lead ingots

Sodium sulphate crystals

Fig. 8
Sodium sulfate

New Covers and Cases

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

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)

new grids

Fig. 11 New grids

Lead Oxide

Fig. 12 Lead oxide

New Products

Glass, textiles, detergents

Fig. 9
Glass, textiles,

New batteries

Fig 13. New batteries

New Battery

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