1000 Flowers for the Planet - #280 Recycle Car Batteries
Here’s another component from your car that can be recycled – the battery. Because car batteries contain 2 to 3 litres of sulphuric acid, plus lead and lead compounds, it is not desirable to put these into landfill where these toxic chemicals can leach into the environment and waterways. When we damage the earth, we damage our own health. Car batteries are about 98% recyclable with a recycling process that uses less energy than starting from scratch. It therefore makes sense to put the effort into ensuring spent batteries are sent to the right place. When you have your car battery replaced by a workshop or mobile service, take responsibility for the waste you have produced and make sure the old battery will definitely be recycled. If you can’t get a guarantee, take the battery to a recycling depot yourself. Remember, sulphuric acid and lead – we don’t want them in our environment.