With an average lifespan of 3 to 5 years, car batteries go through a lot of work to keep your car running through freezing nights and long road trips. In addition to auto batteries, larger vehicles also need to cycle through new energy cells throughout their lifetimes. Getting your hand on old vehicle batteries could mean you have access to a significant increase to your bottom line. Whether you are a hobbyist or large automotive repair shop, you can benefit from bringing your batteries to Metalico for scrap metal recycling.
Auto batteries contain different types of elements, including metal plating, lead, and acids. For your safety, it is best to bring the entire battery to a scrapyard and allow them to safely separate and dispose of harmful elements. However, getting your batteries to the scrapyard can be problematic if they get knocked over and potentially short into a fire.
Keeping car batteries upright and tightly wrapped together helps to prevent them from shifting around during transportation. Additionally, the batteries should be in a sturdy plastic tray or cardboard lined pallet to be able to hold any spillage. If you have stacks of auto batteries, you can separate them with cardboard lining. Keeping your batteries safe is your responsibility as a driver. Improper packaging may lead to cracked or broken batteries which may result in voided or reduced compensation.
It really depends on the type of battery you are recycling. Most scrapyards will pay you based on the weight of your batteries, factoring in costs needed to process them for extraction of valuable metals and components. Averages vary around the nation, with estimates ranging from 0.21 - 0.41 cents per pound, which could bring a 30 - 50-pound battery anywhere from $6 to $20 per battery.
However, the most accurate way for you to determine the value of your batteries is to call local scrapyards directly. Contact a Metalico location near you and find out how much your batteries are worth today!