BCI member companies have created a circular economy model of sustainability that is unrivaled by any other battery chemistry, and a model for emerging battery technologies.
Since the 1980s, BCI manufacturers and recyclers have worked collaboratively with competitors to share best practices and advance innovations to tackle environmental and safety issues within the industry.
In 1989, BCI published the BCI Model Battery Recycling Legislation which has enabled the industry to achieve a 99% recycling rate and firmly establish lead batteries as the most recycled consumer product in the U.S.
Each year, more than 160 million lead batteries are kept from landfills in the U.S. and instead make their way to a nationwide network of advanced recycling facilities. Here, the top three main components are recycled infinitely — creating a closed-loop, domestic circular supply chain.
…lead batteries [will remain] the dominant technology for SLI, its greatest potential is for renewable energy storage…”