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What Happens When You Recycle Your Batteries

When you recycle your batteries, fewer hazardous materials end up in our landfills. This goes a long way in helping to keep our planet safer from pollution.

Often times, when individuals commit to sustainable actions we underestimate the collective power that this has on protecting the environment, even if it’s something as small as recycling batteries. As we are exposed to hazards and chemicals every day, we need to become more diligent by taking care of the products we consume – especially at the end-of-life stage.

There are many different types of batteries, which are recycled in a variety of ways. The good news: the majority of materials in all of these batteries are reclaimable and can be used to make new products.

  • Lead Acid batteries—98 percent recycled—are broken apart at a hammer mill. The lead, heavy metals, and plastic all go into different recycling streams.
  • Alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, etc.)—100 percent recycled—are recycled in a mechanical separation process. The zinc, manganese concentrate, steel, paper, plastic and brass are all put back into the market. Zinc-Carbon and Zinc-Air batteries are recycled in the same way.
  • Lithium Ion batteries—100 percent recycled—are separated into metal and plastic components, which are reused to make new products.
  • Nickel-Cadmium batteries—100 percent recycled—are separated into metal and plastic components. The metals are recycled through a metal reclamation process that’s high temperature.
  • Nickel Metal Hydride batteries—100 percent recycled—have their plastics removed from the cell. The cells go through a drying process then are used for stainless steel or alloy manufacturing. Those materials are reusable.
  • Lithium batteries are shredded or hammered apart. Contents are submerged in non-acidic water to neutralize them, and the clean scrap metal is sold to metal recyclers. Then the carbon is recovered and the lithium is converted to a fine white powder.
  • Mercury batteries go through a temperature-controlled process to recover their heavy metals.

At Manville, a leading Canadian recycler, we accept and collect all of your recyclable materials. Keep in mind that when you recycle your batteries, almost no waste is created in the process. You can bring any type of lead acid battery to us for recycling. So that means you can recycle car/automotive batteries, lead acid, lead gel, steel case, lithium-ion & much more. 

 

 

The Environmental Impact of Recycling your Car

Did you know that recycling auto parts diverts dangerous items and materials from landfills? Seems simple, but most people don’t know what can actually be recycled in order to make a difference.

Here are 4 of the top things that you can recycle from your vehicle to make an environmental impact.

 

1.) Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters are devices incorporated in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle, containing a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones. They’re made using some of the most precious materials on earth, including platinum and palladium, as well as copper, nickel, cerium, iron and manganese. By recycling materials like this, you can reduce the need for mining, which uses even more of the earth’s precious resources. Mining requires a lot of energy and produces even more greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s important to recycle as much as we can.

 

2) Wiring Harnesses

Copper is one of the most in-demand natural resources, and the demand is only growing. Copper is used throughout the auto industry for wiring, and large amounts of copper are used in the wiring for hybrid vehicles, which are becoming more popular. The value of copper is incredibly high, and this demand means that recycling your car’s wiring can help us keep copper out of landfills and recycle it for reuse.

 

3) Engine Blocks & Transmissions

Aluminum is used in your car’s engine blocks and transmissions because it’s a fast, safe and cost-effective way to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. Aluminum is also highly recyclable – up to 90% of the aluminum in your car can be recycled. Recycling just one ton of aluminum can save the energy equivalent of up to 21 barrels of oil.

 

4) Body & Frame

Up to 85% of your car can be recycled, and a large part of that is your car’s body and frame. We recycle your car’s body and frame to use it for scrap metal – that is, metal that can be re-fabricated and turned into a new item. This reduces the need for producing more metals, and reduces the amount of energy needed to produce new car parts and other items.

By understanding the ways you can recycle your car, you can help reduce the amount of metals that end up in landfills, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of energy needed to mine and produce metals. 

Manville’s mission is to preserve our future by recycling today. We believe that everyone benefits from recycling. When you recycle your parts with us, you contribute to the well being of our planet, 

 

It’s Time for Responsible Recycling.

Your car is the largest and most recyclable product you own.

There are currently 23 million light passenger vehicles registered for use on Canadian roads, with 13 million over 8 years old. The average lifespan of a vehicle in the 1960s was just less than 162,000 km. Today this is approaching 225,000 km. This means that Canadians can and often do keep their old vehicles on the road for years longer than they used to.

Older vehicles are typically less fuel-efficient than new vehicles of a similar size and lack the latest vehicle technology for cutting air pollution and reducing smog-forming emissions. As a result, the fuel consumption and smog-forming emissions are usually greater for older vehicles than newer vehicles. These older vehicles also contain hazardous fluids and materials like mercury switches that need to be treated responsibly at the end of their life.

Your car is the largest and most recyclable product you own. No sorting required – the recyclers that work with Manville will reuse and recycle over 80% of your vehicle and will make sure the remaining materials are disposed of responsibly. Responsible recycling keeps cars out of landfills and hazardous materials from being released into our air, ground and water.

 

The Environmental Impact of Recycling Your Car

Did you know that recycling auto parts diverts dangerous items and materials from landfills? Seems simple, but most people don’t know what can actually be recycled in order to make a difference.

Here are 4 of the top things that you can recycle from your vehicle to make an environmental impact.

 

1.) Catalytic Converters

Catalytic converters are devices incorporated in the exhaust system of a motor vehicle, containing a catalyst for converting pollutant gases into less harmful ones. They’re made using some of the most precious materials on earth, including platinum and palladium, as well as copper, nickel, cerium, iron and manganese. By recycling materials like this, you can reduce the need for mining, which uses even more of the earth’s precious resources. Mining requires a lot of energy and produces even more greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s important to recycle as much as we can.

 

2) Wiring Harnesses

Copper is one of the most in-demand natural resources, and the demand is only growing. Copper is used throughout the auto industry for wiring, and large amounts of copper are used in the wiring for hybrid vehicles, which are becoming more popular. The value of copper is incredibly high, and this demand means that recycling your car’s wiring can help us keep copper out of landfills and recycle it for reuse.

 

3) Engine Blocks & Transmissions

Aluminum is used in your car’s engine blocks and transmissions because it’s a fast, safe and cost-effective way to boost fuel economy and reduce emissions. Aluminum is also highly recyclable – up to 90% of the aluminum in your car can be recycled. Recycling just one ton of aluminum can save the energy equivalent of up to 21 barrels of oil.

 

4) Body & Frame

Up to 85% of your car can be recycled, and a large part of that is your car’s body and frame. We recycle your car’s body and frame to use it for scrap metal – that is, metal that can be re-fabricated and turned into a new item. This reduces the need for producing more metals, and reduces the amount of energy needed to produce new car parts and other items.

By understanding the ways you can recycle your car, you can help reduce the amount of metals that end up in landfills, reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the amount of energy needed to mine and produce metals. 

Manville’s mission is to preserve our future by recycling today. We believe that everyone benefits from recycling. When you recycle your parts with us, you contribute to the well being of our planet,