Metal Monday: Scrapping Batteries

Forklift batteryMany people think that batteries are all recyclable and easy to get rid of…we disagree. With increased technology there are new batteries on the market that you may run into that will cost you money to scrap…and may not be worth the time.

We all know about the classic batteries, the car and truck lead-acid batteries, but most tools and hybrid cars run on different types. One type of battery that you will see a lot of are lithium-ion batteries out there but they are not all the same.

Laptop batteries are generally Lithium-Ion…but they are different the batteries that come from cordless drills and other cordless tools. One thing you definitely do not want to do is mix your lead-acid batteries with any other type of batteries.

Questions about other types of scrap batteries? Just let us know!


Remember there is some very harmful chemicals in different types of batteries so if you are planning on collecting them and storing them for your next trip to the scrap yard, be sure to secure them in an area where they can’t be penetrated. You also want to make sure there is not chance of the batteries corroding while they are being store. So make sure the area is dry and a relatively dry place.

It is very common for most scrap yards to accept lead-acid batteries which are commonly found from cars and other vehicles. But if you have lithium and alkaline batteries from other devices and appliances, be sure to call up your scrap yard beforehand so you know if you can bring them in for scrap. If not, you don’t have to worry about spending time looking for them.

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