Takeaways:

  • Several laws exist to ensure that batteries are recycled properly and that the materials (such as lead-acid and carbon-zinc) are not released into the environment.
  • Lead acid batteries are recycled by crushing the battery into small pieces and then separating the lead from the plastic. The lead is melted, purified, and made into new batteries.
  • Lithium-ion batteries are recycled by breaking them down into their component parts which are then used in stainless steel production, magnets and fertilizers.

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