What are Scrap Batteries?
Scrap batteries are batteries that have reached their end of life. While there are many different types of battery, the most common type scrap metal yards will deal in are the Lead Acid type. They are most commonly found in cars or trucks. Scrap batteries are a hazardous material and should be handled with care. They are made up of a plastic outer casing, which contains lead plates and acid.
There a number of different types of Lead Acid Batteries which scrap metal buyers buy.
Before scrap batteries become scrap, their most common uses would be for the starting of cars and trucks. As a scrap battery their common use becomes not much more than becoming an ingredient for recycling.
Where can they be found?
Scrap Batteries that scrap metal yards deal with are commonly found in cars. They are also found in trucks and machinery such as excavators.
Did you know?
- In Australia, although batteries are recyclable, 97% end up in landfill. That’s about 8000 tonnes each year!
- Electronic waste is growing at 3 times the rate of general household waste in Australia
Scrapping Battery Tips and Cautions
- Always be careful when handling any type of battery. We recommend wearing gloves and safety goggles.
- Never attempt to remove or recover any lead from the scrap battery as this is very dangerous.
- Currently in Australia most scrap metal yards do not pay any rebate for the small AA and AAA type batteries.
Other helpful information
There are a number of other places lead acid batteries can be found. Items such as Jump Starter packs, or Uninterrupted Power Supplies all contain a number of lead acid batteries. Be careful when attempting to recover batteries from these devices.
- If you are going to scrap a Jump starter or a UPS, you need to remove the batteries from their covers.