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Who is BCI?

Battery Council International (BCI) is a not-for-profit trade association formed in 1924 to promote the interests of the lead battery industry. BCI has member companies worldwide engaged in every facet of the industry: lead battery manufacturers and recyclers, marketers and retailers, suppliers of raw materials and equipment, and expert consultants. As the industry’s principle association, BCI's member services have a global impact. 

BCI brings together the leading lead battery manufacturers in North America and other major players from around the world. BCI members account for over 98% of U.S. lead battery production and recycling capacity. BCI establishes technical standards for battery manufacturing and actively promotes workable environmental, health and safety standards for the industry.

The U.S. lead battery industry directly employs approximately 24,700 workers and spends $1.7 billion annually on payroll. In addition to the workers the lead battery industry directly employs, it supports 30,900 supplier jobs and 36,600 jobs from worker spending in different industries. Together, these impacts total 92,200 jobs, providing more than $6 billion in labor income and more than $26.3 billion in economic output in 2018. In addition, BCI member companies spent $100.4 million on research and development.

Goals

BCI’s primary goal is to support our members’ efforts to create and sustain the most successful circular economy on the planet, to provide members with the most up-to-date information on marketing and technical developments, and to provide them updates on regulatory and legislative initiatives that could affect the global industry. BCI provides ongoing governmental, legislative liaison services for the industry and has established itself as the collective voice of its members and an authority on battery-related information.

Our industry promotes the lead battery circular economy by collecting and recycling used automotive and other lead batteries, encouraging the enactment of mandatory lead battery recycling laws, and supporting ongoing consumer and industry education efforts. BCI was the moving force behind the creation of model legislation in 1989 mandating the proper disposal and recycling of lead batteries. This model has been adopted by 40 states across the country, and implemented in practice in the others. BCI also helps lead the worldwide effort to increase the overall lead battery recycling rate and to advance the environmental performance of lead battery recycling.

BCI and our members have been extraordinarily successful. Lead batteries are the single most recycled consumer product in the U.S. and the world. A new lead battery consists of over 80% recycled material, and nearly 70% of its lead comes from recycling. BCI’s members achieve a 99% recycling rate in the U.S.

Leadership

Roger Miksad is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of BCI and leads the organization from its offices in Washington, D.C.