Recycling

Battery Recycling

Turtle Wings offers battery recycling services for all battery types. Modern batteries typically fall into one of three categories: non-rechargeable dry cell batteries, lead acid batteries, and rechargeable dry-cell batteries. We recycle all types of batteries.

Dry cell batteries are used in many every day devices such as flashlights, watches, laptops and power tools. There are many different types of dry cell batteries. We recycle rechargeable batteries as well as standard household batteries.

Lead acid batteries are typically used in battery back-up units (UPS devices), cars, forklifts and other large or industrial equipment. They contain lead and other toxic chemicals which require disposal using special equipment and trained personnel.

The methods for recycling batteries depend on the underlying component parts and metallic content of the battery. Some require significant pre-processing and are subject to DOT transportation laws and EPA requirements and some are relatively easy to process.  The laws governing battery recycling differ from state-to-state and there is an increasing trend towards regulating battery disposal.

Turtle Wings offers UPS recycling; lead acid battery recycling; rechargeable battery recycling; and other types of battery recycling. Our ISO certified disposal process has been fully vetted including our APC recycling process.  We can send you our copyrighted white paper which further describes the process.

Batteries fall into two basic groups: dry cell batteries and lead acid batteries (wet-cell batteries).   Lead acid batteries are typically for industrial uses like cars, forklifts, UPS units, and other battery back-up needs.  Dry cell batteries are typically consumer batteries that are used to power flashlights, watches, laptops and power tools. There are many types of dry cell batteries including alkaline; carbon-zinc; zinc-air; nickel cadmium; lithium-ion; and nickel metal hydride.   Some batteries are no longer made like mercury-containing batteries because they are harmful to the environment.

Each type of battery is recycled in a different way depending on its underlying component parts and metallic content.  Some require significant pre-processing and are subject to DOT transportation laws and EPA requirements and some are relatively easy to process.  The laws governing battery recycling differ from state-to-state and there is an increasing trend towards regulating battery disposal.

 The following is a brief overview of how lead acid batteries are recycled.

The battery is broken apart in a hammer mill.  Then the broken battery pieces are placed into a vat, where the lead and heavy materials fall to the bottom and the plastic floats. The plastic pieces are scooped away and the liquids are drawn off, leaving the lead and heavy metals. Each of the materials goes into a different recycling “stream”.  The plastic is sent to a facility for washing, melting and re-extruding. The acid is neutralized in one of two ways.  The lead is cleaned and re-smelted for reuse.