Lead batteries are safely manufactured and recycled. Lead batteries use a state-of-the-art “closed-loop” process meaning millions of tonnes of lead batteries are kept out of landfills annually. It is one of the world’s most successful examples of a circular economy in action.
At more than 99 percent, the rate of lead battery recycling is the highest among other more well-known recycled products such as newspapers, aluminum cans, tyres, glass containers, and plastic bottles. This high rate of recycling contributes to the fact that on average, a new lead battery is comprised of more than 80 percent recycled material.
The state-of-the-art closed-loop process that ensures lead batteries’ high rate of recycling has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as the world’s most successful example of a circular economy—featuring the design, production, transportation, recycling and recovery of vehicle batteries.
Lead batteries, at a recycling rate of more than 99 percent are infinitely recyclable, especially when compared to the less than 5 percent recycling rate of lithium-ion batteries. The lead battery industry’s commitment to efficient recycling methods ensures that lead batteries are an essential part of an energy storage mix to achieve a cleaner, greener future.