How to Recycle Your Old Car Battery This Earth Day

Standard car batteries are 98% recyclable -- more recyclable than an aluminum can.

And old car batteries can be recycled safely and easily at recycling centers and automotive shops across the country. Crown Battery recommends contacting a local recycling center or car mechanic, or visiting or

“Recycling batteries protects the environment and preserves our resources,” says Hal Hawk, CEO and President of Crown Battery. “Since conventional car batteries are 98% recyclable, there’s almost zero waste. And their raw materials can be reused to build new batteries for decades.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), lead-acid car batteries are also the most recycled product in North America.

More than 99% of lead-acid car batteries are recycled, a higher percentage than even aluminum cans (70.6% recycled) and newspapers (67% recycled).

Meanwhile, experts estimate that only 1 in 5 lithium-ion batteries is returned for partial recycling. Even at the USA’s most efficient lithium-ion recycling plant, more than 40% of lithium-ion battery material still goes to the landfill. Because recycled lithium-ion materials cannot be reused to make new batteries, virgin material has to be mined for every lithium-ion battery.

But because Crown uses 98%-recyclable lead-acid battery technology, it can incorporate majority recycled metals and plastics.

Crown Battery has also invested heavily in engineering, manufacturing, and shipping batteries as sustainably as possible. The company recycled 313,180 pounds (156.59 tons) of manufacturing material from January to October 2017 alone.

Over the past decade, Crown Battery has installed solar panels, ultra-efficient wind turbines, and geothermal renewable energy systems to reduce environmental impacts and offset energy consumption.

Says Hawk, “Recycling and using our resources efficiently isn’t just good for the environment – it’s also good for business and the community.”


About Crown Battery Manufacturing

Since 1926, Fremont’s Crown Battery has been the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced technology batteries. Every one of Crown’s lead-acid batteries is 98% recyclable and comes from its ISO 9001:2008-certified plant in Fremont, Ohio. The plant incorporates solar panels, wind turbines, high-efficiency robotic welding, and geothermal cooling.

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