America Recycles Day Nov. 15 – Lead Batteries’ Role in the Circular Economy
15 Nov 2019
To celebrate America Recycles Day 2019 on November 15, the lead battery industry is proudly sharing the impressive sustainability story of lead batteries. Contrary to what most people think, newspapers, glass or aluminum cans are not America’s most recycled consumer product. More than 99% of lead batteries are recycled, making them the most recycled consumer product in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Doe Run Company’s Resource Recycling facility is one of the largest single-site lead recycling facilities in the world, making it a vital link in the modern, closed-loop recycling system that in total keeps more than 1.7 million tons of lead batteries out of U.S. landfills each year.
Every new lead battery is comprised of more than 80% recycled material, and the lead from these batteries can be infinitely recycled with no loss of performance. In addition, lead batteries’ recycling rate of 99% greatly reduces the use of virgin materials, a key goal of the circular economy.
Read more at the Essential Energy Everyday blog.