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Recycling Rate Study

The United States Recycling Rate Study, commissioned by BCI, has been completed for the years 2009–2013 and concluded that the recycling rate of lead available from lead batteries in the United States is 99%.

When compared to the United States Recycling Rate Study performed for the years 2004–2008, the 2009–2013 study saw a three percent increase in the overall recycling rate. This positive change will prove beneficial for lead batteries as global energy storage continues to become an increasingly prevalent topic.

The national recycling rate (R) was calculated by dividing the total pounds of battery lead recycled (LR) by the total pounds of battery lead available for recycling (LA) in the United States.

R = (LR/LA) x 100

New battery shipments, new battery exports, imports and export of vehicles/products containing battery and imports and exports of scrap and used batteries were all included in calculating the total pounds of lead available for recycling.

You can find the full BCI United States Recycling Rate Study, 2009-2013 here