BCI study confirms lead batteries the most recycled product in the US

Perhaps not so new but at least evidence based. A new study commissioned by BCI published yesterday (November 15) confirms that lead batteries remain the most recycled consumer product in the US.

The study, by SmithBucklin Statistics Group, found that 99.3% of batteries in a whole range of applications — light and heavy-duty vehicles, tractors, marine and RVs, golf carts, aircraft and stationary — were recycled.

The study included new battery shipments, battery exports, imports of products with batteries and imports of scrap lead and used batteries.

Virtually no lithium batteries are recycled.

In 2014 the US Environmental Protection Agency reported that the recycling rate of lead batteries was the highest among products compared to newspapers (68%), aluminium cans (28%), tyres (40.5%) and glass containers (32.5%).

The publication of the study coincided with ‘America Recycles Day’, which was set up by the non-profit organization Keep America Beautiful.

“The near perfect state of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a state-of-the art closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries out of landfills annually,” said Essential Energy Everyday — an organization that has been set up by BCI and the ILA to disseminate information about lead batteries.

“Our goal for the lead battery manufacturing process is to collect and recycle and re-use lead batteries and their components,” said Mark Thorsby, executive vice president of BCI. “In essence, to create a closed-loop industry that significantly reduces the demand on global resources.

“Lead batteries are an essential product that are used by humanity every day. You can’t believe how much lead batteries support our way of life.”