Safety First: Lead-Acid Battery Recycling Edmonton Counts on
On a daily basis, we start our vehicles, power our boats, and run complex industrial machinery with lead-acid batteries. We know that you're familiar with them, but you may not know that they pose several serious environmental risks when they expire. By taking part in General Recycling Industries Ltd.’s battery recycling program in Edmonton, you’re helping us protect our city and our planet.
Lead-acid batteries, while exceedingly helpful and important for advancing technology, are composed of corrosive materials and dangerous heavy metals that should never come in contact with humans, animals, or our environment. When this type of battery is placed in a landfill instead of being recycled, its casing will soon break down, and all the toxic substances inside will leach into the soil and can eventually reach our water supply. And even if the battery is incinerated instead, the toxic fumes produced will still pollute our air. That's why it's so important that these batteries be handled correctly! If you have expired lead-acid batteries, please take the time to dispose of them properly by bringing them to one of our conveniently located facilities.
Permitted for Safe, Responsible Recycling
Our company holds a permit to recycle lead-acid batteries, which include typical car batteries, higher-powered batteries found in boats and campers, and industrial-level batteries. When you bring your used lead-acid batteries to us, you can be confident that they will be dealt with responsibly and never make their way into area landfills. We take great care to ensure an environmentally sound process performed by trained individuals. After we receive and safely store these batteries, they will be picked up and taken to a separate facility for recycling.
Recycling Lead-Acid Batteries in Edmonton
Are you wondering what happens to lead-acid batteries during the recycling process? Here are the basic steps for this type of battery recycling in Edmonton:
After a hammer mill breaks the battery into smaller pieces, the pieces are dropped into a vat
Lead and other heavy materials stay on the bottom of the container and plastics float to the top
After polypropylene bits are strained out of the mixture, liquids are drained, leaving behind the lead and other metals
Other materials then enter separate recycling chambers for plastic, sulfuric acid, and lead
Plastics are melted further and extruded into uniform pellets that may be repurposed later
Sulfuric acids are either neutralized or processed into different chemical form for other uses
Lead is melted and poured into molds. Then the resulting lead ingots are sent to manufacturers for use in new lead batteries
Because the overall process is rather uncomplicated (70% of the battery is lead), recycling is not a cumbersome process. The hardest part is just getting the batteries!
Lead-acid batteries should be recycled just like you would glass, paper and plastic materials. Remember, they should never be tossed in the trash! Please keep lead-acid batteries in a separate container once they're expired, and bring them to a General Recycling Industries Ltd. location. The batteries will be safely handled and disposed of at an off-site facility.