Lead acid battery recycling is one of the worlds most successful recycling programmes, with over 97 percent of all lead acid batteries recycling between 1997 and 2001.
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Simply drop off your lead acid battery for recycling at your nearest collection point:
The batteries are shipped to a smelter in Wellington, where the lead, plastic and acid are separated. The lead is melted down and shipped overseas to be made into new products. Plastics are washed and shipped to a recycling plant to be remade into other plastic products. The acid is neutralised and mixed with soda ash to make it 'solid' and inert, from there it is disposed to landfill.