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Prepare for Discarding
- Vehicle Batteries Only
- Rechargeable Batteries includes cell phone batteries and any other rechargeable battery for cordless items
Rechargeable Battery Recycling Facts:
- Batteries Must Have Caps On
- Rechargeable batteries must have ends taped to avoid potential fire hazards. Dispose of at the Oconto County Materials Recovery Facility or designated drop off sites.
Car Battery Recycling Facts:
- Recycling batteries keeps heavy metals out of landfills and the air. Recycling saves resources because recovered plastic and metals can be used to make new batteries.
- Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries every year to power radios, toys, cellular phones, watches, laptop computers, and portable power tools.
- Inside a battery, heavy metals react with chemical electrolyte to produce the battery’s power.
- Wet-cell batteries, which contain a liquid electrolyte, commonly power automobiles, boats, or motorcycles.
- Nearly 99 million wet-cell lead-acid car batteries are manufactured each year.
- Mercury was phased out of certain types of batteries in conjunction with the “Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act,” passed in 1996.
- Motor vehicle batteries contain about 18 pounds of lead and about one gallon of corrosive lead-contaminated sulfuric acid
- Each year, an estimated 70 million spent lead-acid batteries are generated in the U.S. That's 1.25 billion pounds of lead and 70 million gallons of sulfuric acid