Batteries may be built from a variety of metals, with compositions including lead, zinc, mercury, aluminum, nickel and lithium. Used in household electronics, in large machinery and also for back-up power supplies in the face of emergencies. Different heavy metals can leach into the surrounding soil and water supplies, contaminating local wildlife and plants which may lead to metal poisoning. Recycling batteries enable cheaper and safer production in the future that supports sustainable manufacturing for batteries and other products made of precious metals.
When recycling large lead batteries that come from vehicles or backup power arrays, it will be in your best interest to gather a high volume of batteries. For smaller quantities, local auto shops often will collect batteries and give you store credit. However, if you have dozens of batteries on hand, bringing them to a scrap yard will give you a better return than what a smaller shop would offer. We suggest you load batteries in safe packaging so that they will transport well. It may be better for you to use one of our scrap containers to make hauling easier and safer too.
The cost of a battery largely depends on the price of metals within them. However, each scrap yard is subject to their own competitive operational costs, as disposing of batteries requires specialized machinery and certifications. Estimates fluctuate regularly, with lead scrap changing in value from 0.20 to 0.40 per pound, which could change your earnings by several dollars depending on the timing. However, estimates only provide a certain level of information. The best way to determine how much you could get for batteries is to contact our team and ask about our current prices.