FAQ

Are there any recycled materials in car batteries?

Yes. The typical new lead-acid battery contains 60-80% recycled lead and plastic.

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Will I have to pay to recycle my battery?

No. Scrap Battery and Battery Centre will actually pay you for your used lead acid batteries. When replacing an old battery you will not have to pay a lead surcharge on the new battery.

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How much can I get for a used lead acid battery?

The amount Scrap Battery will pay for a used lead acid battery fluctuates based on a number of variables, but we pride ourselves on offering the best price per kilo.

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Will Scrap Battery collect my used batteries?

There is a collection service available for large numbers of used batteries. To find out if you are eligible to make use of this service call us on 0800 333 462.

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Can’t I just throw away my lead acid battery with my household rubbish?

Never dump used lead acid batteries with household waste. These batteries require special attention to avoid polluting the environment with harmful materials. Rather drop off your used battery at a Battery Centre outlet from which it will be collected for proper recycling by Scrap Battery.

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How do I know when to replace my battery?

You might need to replace your battery if:

  • your starter motor is experiencing slow or interrupted turnover
  • your instrument panel battery light indicates battery discharge for extended periods after the engine is running
  • your battery seems to lose power quickly in cold or extended starts
  • your headlights dim at idle

Any of these warning signals may also indicate a problem with the electrical system in your vehicle and not necessarily a battery failure. A battery that is about to fail will often give little or no warning. If you suspect that your battery is failing, have it tested or replaced as soon as possible by your local Battery Centre.

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How does First National Battery control environmental pollution at its battery plant?

1. Air filters and scrubbers
To keep microscopic particles of airborne lead emissions to a minimum, manufacturers and recyclers use high efficiency air filters and wet scrubbers to filter plant air before it is released to the atmosphere. The filters re inspected and replaced regularly. The filters also are equipped with alarms, and the process is shut down or re-routed should a filter tear or break.

2. Clean water
Manufacturers and recyclers capture and treat process water to keep lead out of streams and rivers. The water is tested before it is released to be certain it meets clean water standards.

3. Clean air
At recycling plants, air monitors are installed at the perimeter of each property to make sure any lead in the air is below the allowable limit. The limit is 1.5 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air, averaged on a quarterly basis.

4. Work practices
Children can be exposed to lead when a parent who works at a lead plant carries dust home on shoes or work clothes, or in the worker’s hair. OSHA regulations require workers in high lead exposure areas of the plant to leave work clothes and shoes at the plant and to shower and wash their hair before going home. They also require workers in high lead areas of the plant to wear a respirator, a device filters lead particles out of the air a worker breathes. Education programs train workers to wash thoroughly before eating or smoking during lunch or breaks and to practice other habits that safeguard their health.

5. Fugitive emissions
Plants have a regular program of exterior vacuuming or washing down paved areas and capturing and treating rainwater runoff. Vehicles that transport lead products typically are hosed down before leaving a facility so that any dust on tyres or the vehicle body is not carried to public roads.

When taken together, all of these practices add up to a very responsible effort on the part of lead acid battery manufacturers and recyclers to keep even small amounts of lead out of the environment. Together, the efforts make a measurable difference.

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Can a battery really explode?

Yes, so when working with or near a battery, or jump starting a vehicle, always:

  • Wear glasses or safety goggles
  • Shield eyes and face from the battery
  • Keep as much distance as possible from the battery
  • Read warning labels on the battery
  • Do not cause any flames or sparks
  • Read the vehicle instruction manual before jump starting

If you should get acid on your skin or in your eyes, flush with water immediately and seek medical attention.

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What are the most recyclable products?

Lead acid batteries are the environmental success story of our time. Roughly 93% of all battery lead is recycled. Compared to 42% of newspapers, 55% of aluminium soft drink and beer cans and 40% of plastic soft drink bottles. Lead acid batteries top the list of the most highly recycled consumer products.

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