Do ABIA members recycle Lead Acid batteries?


The ABIA is dedicated to responsible recycling programs for used lead-acid batteries (ULAB). The Association's reviews over a number of decades indicate an average annual Australian recycling rate for spent automotive lead acid batteries in excess of 96%, which continue to reflect superb 'cradle to grave' recycling outcomes. That such recycling rates are achieved via voluntary collection schemes and without the need for government intervention programs should be a matter of great pride to all concerned.


The Association’s Code of Practice recognises the concept of Product Stewardship and mandates a responsibility on all Members to encourage battery re-cycling via their battery labelling, to promote the recyclability of automotive batteries to their re-sellers, to accept back spent batteries from their customers ‘one for one’ whenever requested, and to transfer spent batteries to bona fide scrap metal collectors and re-cyclers.

 Compared with other common consumer items, automotive lead acid batteries easily lead the way in recycling outcomes as illustrated on the following graph.

 automotive lead acid batteries easily lead the way in recycling outcomes


*Publicly available data 2015

#Tyres recovery rate includes burning for energy and licensed diversion to landfill.

 With approximately 95% of a spent automotive lead acid battery recoverable for reuse, high recycling outcomes translate to high resource conservation. The Circle of Life of the automotive lead acid battery is as follows.


 The Circle of Life of the automotive lead acid battery


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