Do you know what’s under your hood? If your answer is the most recycled consumer product in the world, you’d be correct.
Lead car batteries have the highest collection and recycling rate of any type of battery. According to Essential Energy Everyday, lead car batteries have a recycling rate of nearly 100%. Even better? With a circular economy, the lead in car batteries is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be used over and over again with no loss of performance (Essential Energy Everyday).
Vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) aren’t the only ones equipped with a lead battery: virtually every hybrid and fully electric vehicle require a lead battery to power critical onboard functions. That’s a lot of lead!
As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, you can feel good about where your car battery goes when it reaches the end of its lifespan. Essential Energy Everyday reports that more than 130 million lead batteries are recycled and kept from landfills every year. And, as the most environmentally friendly battery technology, a new lead battery is typically made from more than 80 percent recycled material.
AAA takes great pride in its deep-rooted reputation for environmental protection. When you use AAA for car battery replacement, we do the work for you. No hidden fees or hoops to jump through. Responsible recycling is automatically built into your service.
Using an EPA-approved recycling center, we recycle every lead battery we replace. Our primary battery manufacturer, East Penn Manufacturing, is a private, family-owned company operating the largest single-site lead battery manufacturing facility in the world. Based in Pennsylvania, the EPA permitted facility is a model for the lead battery recycling industry. It uses the most advanced technology available to reduce lead emissions into the air, wastewater, and stormwater.
The AAA Mobile Battery Service Program
AAA is dedicated to protecting our environment and ensuring great road trips for generations to come. A lead car battery usually lasts for three to six years, depending on a variety of factors. Extreme heat or cold; harsh wear and tear; short, infrequent drives; and age all affect the lifespan of your battery. When the time comes to replace it, a AAA Battery Service Technician comes to you – at work, at home, almost anywhere – to deliver and install it onsite. Plus, in keeping with our commitment to greater sustainability for the planet, AAA Technicians will also safely recycle your old battery.