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Unit 4, 227a Brisbane Road
Biggera Waters

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Lead Acid Battery Recycling

How Are Lead Acid Batteries Recycled?

recycling car batteriesThere is very little in a Lead Acid Battery that is not toxic if not recycled properly.  The battery is broken apart in a hammer mill, a machine that hammers the battery into pieces. The broken battery pieces are then placed into a vat, where the lead and heavy materials fall to the bottom and the plastic floats. At this point, the polypropylene pieces are scooped away and the liquids are drawn off, leaving the lead and heavy metals. Each of the materials goes into a different recycling “stream”.

Plastic

Polypropylene pieces are washed, blown dry and sent to a plastic recycler where the pieces are melted together into an almost liquid state. The molten plastic is put through an extruder that produces small plastic pellets of a uniform size. The pellets are put back into manufacturing battery cases and the process begins again.

Lead

Lead grids, lead oxide and other lead parts are cleaned and heated within smelting furnaces. The molten melted lead is then poured into ingot molds. After a few minutes, the impurities float to the top of the still molten lead in the ingot molds. These impurities are scraped away and the ingots are left to cool. When the ingots are cool, they’re removed from the molds and sent to battery manufacturers, where they’re re-melted and used in the production of new batteries.

Sulfuric Acid

Old battery acid can be handled in two ways: 1. The acid is neutralized with an industrial compound similar to household baking soda. Neutralization turns the acid into water. The water is then treated, cleaned, tested in a waste water treatment plant to be sure it meets clean water standards. 2. The acid is processed and converted to sodium sulfate, an odorless white powder that’s used in laundry detergent, glass and textile manufacturing.

Lead acid batteries are closed-loop recycled, meaning each part the the old batteries is recycled into a new battery. It is estimated that 98% of all lead acid batteries are recycled.

Lithium Ion

These batteries are recycled in a specialized ”room temperature, oxygen-free,” mechanical process during which the battery components are separated into three end products. These items are; a) cobalt & lithium salt concentrate, b) stainless steel, c) copper, aluminum and plastic. All of these products are then put back on the market to be reused in new products.

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GOLD COAST MOBILE BATTERY REPLACEMENT SERVICE

HAVE YOU GOT A FLAT BATTERY?

We can remove and dispose of your old battery and replace it with a new one. It's much cheaper than other roadside service providers.

Gold Coast Car Battery Replacement service is available for Gold Coast customers only, available during business hours

 


RELIABLE BATTERIES OPENING HOURS

Mon - Fri 8:00AM TIL 5.00PM
Sat 8.00AM TIL 1PM
Sun CLOSED

Our Gold Coast Battery Shop is located at:
Unit 4 / 227a Brisbane Road,
Biggera Waters

and is open to the public.

 

Reliable Batteries are a locally owned and operated business.

We have been servicing the Gold Coast for over 25 years and we pride ourselves on providing great customer service and quality battery products.

If you're unsure of which battery is suitable for you please don't hesitate to call us and we will help you choose the correct battery.

 

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