Re­cy­cling old lead bat­ter­ies cor­rectly

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WITH trucks hav­ing one or more large lead acid bat­ter­ies, their dis­posal and cor­rect re­cy­cling is a key con­cern to First Na­tional Bat­tery.

A wholly owned sub­sidiary of JSE-listed Me­tair In­vest­ments Lim­ited, First Na­tional Bat­tery pro­vides con­ve­nient bat­tery dis­posal so­lu­tions through its fran­chise net­work, Bat­tery Cen­tre.

“Im­porters of lead acid bat­ter­ies don’t al­ways share our sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to­ward pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment — and for this rea­son our Scrap Bat­tery di­vi­sion is com­mit­ted to re­cy­cling all scrap lead acid bat­ter­ies across the coun­try,” said First Na­tional Bat­tery automotive mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor An­drew Webb.

Not your reg­u­lar refuse

Dis­card­ing your used car bat­tery in do­mes­tic refuse isn’t the best way to get rid of it. The lead, plas­tic and acid in the bat­ter­ies can be ex­tremely harm­ful to the en­vi­ron­ment if not dis­posed of cor­rectly.

Re­cy­cling of lead acid bat­ter­ies is vi­tal to sus­tain­abil­ity, waste man­age­ment and re­duc­ing the risk and im­pact of pol­lu­tion to our habi­tat.

“Our 120 Bat­tery Cen­tre fran­chises across the coun­try are drop-off points for lead acid bat­ter­ies that need to be re­cy­cled.

“For large vol­umes of scrap bat­ter­ies, make use of Scrap Bat­tery’s free col­lec­tion ser­vice by con­tact­ing Bat­tery Cen­tre or call toll free 080 033 3462 for as­sis­tance. Through re­cy­cling with us, when you pur­chase a new bat­tery on the one for one ex­change ba­sis you will not pay the lead sur­charge that’s usu­ally added to the pur­chase price,” said Webb.

Scrap Bat­tery col­lects scrap sealed lead acid bat­ter­ies as well as lead acid ve­hi­cle starter and in­dus­trial bat­ter­ies.

“Scrap Bat­tery buys used lead acid bat­ter­ies based on a num­ber of vari­ables, and we pride our­selves on of­fer­ing com­pet­i­tive prices per kilo,” adds Webb.

Other recharge­able bat­tery types (as used in cell­phones, lap­tops, cal­cu­la­tors and toys) can be placed in col­lec­tion bins cur­rently of­fered by ma­jor re­tail­ers in South Africa. “More than 90% of all scrap bat­ter­ies in SA are re­cy­cled. Scrap Bat­tery is proud to be at the fore­front of re­cy­cling ef­forts and through Bat­tery Cen­tre, will con­tinue to ed­u­cate and en­cour­age South Africans to re­cy­cle used lead acid bat­ter­ies,” said Webb. • Your en­gine is slow to start; • The bat­tery light on the panel in­di­cates bat­tery dis­charge for ex­tended pe­ri­ods; • Your bat­tery seems to lose power quickly in cold or ex­tended starts; and •Your head­lights dim at idle.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Scrap Bat­tery and to see if you are el­i­gi­ble for Scrap Bat­ter­ies free col­lec­tion ser­vice, visit scrap­bat­ or call 080 033 3462. — Supplied.

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