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Dec 23 2022

How Are Scrap Batteries Recycled? 

Most households have a number of devices and electronics that require batteries to operate, from TV remote controls to milk frothers to children’s toys and more. While the common practice may be to toss dead batteries in the trash, doing so can have negative consequences for the planet. What’s more, batteries are recyclable, and keeping them in production is beneficial. Here’s what you should know about why you should recycle batteries and how scrap batteries are recycled—

Why Recycle Batteries?

Recycling batteries should be an easy choice for individuals throughout Illinois and nationwide. Batteries are toxic and corrosive—when they are sent to the landfill, these elements, such as lead, lithium, mercury, and cadmium, are leached into the soil. These elements are poisonous to humans and can even be lethal to human health, not to mention hazardous to the environment, too. When batteries are sent to the landfill, they contaminate soil and water. Fortunately, battery recycling is an option. 

How Are Batteries Recycled?

All batteries are recyclable, but it’s important to distinguish between the types of batteries and to know where to take the specific type of battery you have for recycling.

The most common household battery is the alkaline battery. This is the type of battery that you find in many household appliances and electronics, like the remote control. You can recycle these batteries by bringing them to a recycling facility like Belson Steel. The battery will be shredded before having its metal and zinc separated. Extracted materials will then be recycled. 

Lithium-ion batteries are also recyclable. These are rechargeable batteries that are commonly used in rechargeable tools and personal devices, as well as electric vehicles. While these batteries are tougher to recycle and require high-temperature metal reclamation, recycling is still possible. You should call your local scrap metal recycling facility to learn more. 

Start Recycling Batteries with Belson Steel Today

At Belson Steel, it’s our mission to divert as many materials from the landfill as possible and to recycle as many materials as possible to keep them in production. By recycling any batteries you have in your home rather than throwing them in the trash, you’re doing your part to protect the planet and human health, as well as support your local economy. At Belson Steel, we’re a leader in scrap metal and battery recycling, and even pay cash for your scrap! 

To learn more about recycling your scrap batteries at our scrap recycling facility, call our team directly or send us a message at your convenience. You can also visit our scrapyard in person.

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