It will come as no surprise to the industry that lead-acid has topped the most recycled list again in 2013, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest report.
It topped the chart once again as the weight of lead being recovered stayed constant the percentage of the amount being recycled rose my 3%.
The EPA stated that the rate of lead-acid battery recovery was about 99% (2.85 million tons) in its June 2015 report.
In 2012 the recycling rate of lead-acid batteries was almost 96%, amounting to around 2.8 million tons.
However, as the recycling rates increase the dangers have also increased. Earlier this year BCI called for more stringent measures for identifying lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries to prevent cross contamination, which has led to explosions in recycling plants.