What to do with Old Car Battery?
Car battery disposal – How, why & where?
You have had a car for the past three years, and now, it gives you trouble starting; one day it is okay, the next it is not. Such is the sign that you need to replace your car battery before it leaves you stranded on the side of the road. While it may be costly to dispose of garbage, with at least $90 for every cubic meter, a car battery disposal may mean parting with at least $100. That is quite a large sum of money, but the real problem in Australia is that it cannot deal with about 600,000 tons of waste generated every year.
Problems with poor car battery disposal
- Effect on environment
Ipswich residents, no matter how much they would not want to dispose of their waste in the landﬁll, the local council cannot fulﬁll those wishes citing how expensive recycling is. For this reason, the waste, including car batteries are dumped into a landﬁll. While that may seem like an alternative, the results, in the long run, would far much outweigh the cost of recycling. Car batteries are in many varieties with each having its composition. However, the main components include mercury, cadmium, lead, lithium, and nickel.
When dumped in the landﬁlls, the battery casing eventually corrodes unleashing the chemicals into the soil. When rains come, the rainwater transports the chemicals into the water sources such as rivers which then end up in our taps. Therefore the very thing we were disposing of ends up in our homes, again, this time with much more adverse effects. According to research, lithium may cause landﬁll ﬁres which release toxic chemicals in the air and consequently causing human exposure.
- Effect on human health
You may wonder why cancer has become a global epidemic with new cases being reported every day. Nickel and cadmium are cancer-causing chemicals. Lead has been the leading cause of neurological disorders as well as congenital disabilities. Mercury is highly toxic, and despite its ban in battery use, some traceable amounts are in car batteries.
Solutions to car battery disposal
Since the components of car batteries are non-renewable, recycling ensures that we do not contaminate the environment nor expose ourselves to fatal diseases. Around 98% of a lead acid battery is reclaimable through recycling.
A car battery is dead only because it will not start your car’s engine, but you can still charge it and use it at home to provide power for emergency lighting. However, if you do not have the time for DlYs, you could use our mobile car battery replacement services in Brisbane. We replace car batteries at your place or on the road and take old one for recycling.
- Using rechargeable car batteries
Using a car battery that you do not have to dispose of once the charge is gone, but instead, all you need is recharge it has a few beneﬁts such as:
– Conservation of natural resources
Producing new car batteries leads to the consumption of natural resources which results in their depletion.
– Controls global warming
Manufacture of car batteries causes pollution through the substances it releases into the atmosphere. Such pollutants contribute to global warming, but with rechargeable batteries, there is less greenhouse gases emission.
The recyclable parts include:
– Plastic case
By crushing the dead battery and putting everything in a vat, the plastic will ﬂoat while the metal will sink. The plastic, or rather the polypropylene undergoes melting to form plastic pellets which one can use to make anything. Usually, the battery manufacturers repurchase them to create a new casing for car batteries.
The metal that collects at the bottom undergoes sorting to free it from contaminants. It is melted so that the impurities accumulate at the top and scraped off to leave behind the pure lead. Once cooled, the pure lead can make lead plates which battery manufacturers buy and melt again to make new plates.
– Sulfate crystals
Sulfate crystals undergo processing to form laundry detergents and glass, and the textile manufacturers can use them too.
The acid can be turned into water by neutralizing it, after which the water gets back to the distribution system after puriﬁcation.