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When I scrap my car how is the car battery recycled?


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When I scrap my car how is the car battery recycled?

Around 90 per cent of materials found in car batteries are potentially hazardous to human health. This is because a normal car battery contains lead-acid, diluted sulphuric acid and a range of other components. But 90 per cent – sometimes more – of the materials in batteries can be recycled and used to make new ones.

If car batteries are not recycled responsibly and correctly, the lead and the acid in the battery can pollute the soil and enter the water supply and if ingested by humans can cause serious health problems.

However if car batteries are disposed of in the right manner this problem is not only avoided but it means there is less of a demand for raw materials that can benefit the environment – and a reduction in the amount of waste that is sent to landfill sites.

When you scrap a car, it is a legal requirement for it to be scrapped by a DVLA approved Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF) who will issue you with a Certificate of Destruction once you have scrapped your car. If you do not receive a CoD you could receive a fine by the DVLA.

When a car is scrapped, it goes through a ‘depollution process’ and the car battery is usually the first thing to be removed, where it is then sent to a specialist recycling centre. Here, the battery is fed into a breaking machine and broken down into five groups including plastic, lead grids, lead oxide, acid and a sulphur paste.

The plastic that has come from the battery’s casing is fed into a plastic recycling facility, turned into pellets and can be re-used for new battery cases or other products that require plastic components.

The lead grids, lead oxide, acid and sulphur paste are separated from each other and treated – the acid and sulphur paste can both be recycled. The other three elements are turned into unrefined lead which is fed into a refinery for products such as kettles and purified lead that can be used to create lead alloy.

If you are scrapping your car to a reputable company such as Sell Your Jamjar, it is likely that we will pay you more for your vehicle if you leave the battery in the vehicle. But if you have recently bought a new car battery for your car and want to transfer it to another vehicle that is fine too – it just means you may receive a little less for your car when we come to collect it.

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