Car batteries contain toxic chemicals. Handle with care.
Lead acid battery recycling is one of the world's most successful recycling programmes, with over 97% of all lead acid batteries recycled between 1997 and 2001.
Automotive batteries contain lead, acid and lead compounds, all of which are considered harmful to humans. 98% of a lead acid battery can be reclaimed through recycling. The lead, plastic and acid components are re-processed and manufactured into an array of other products including guide posts, cabling and detergents. Battery recycling minimises the risk to you and the Earth from these toxins.
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Car batteries can be recycled free of charge at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre and Supercheap Auto (at 449 Victoria Avenue).
Car batteries are uplifted by local company, an agent for Marshall/Exide, which sends them on to Palmerston North and Wellington. A lot of car batteries are sent back to Thailand for processing, also to Slovakia and Poland.
Lead acid batteries must not be placed in home recycling or waste bins to be sent to landfill. The lead and acid may contaminate other recycled materials and render them unusable.