Your car battery has been playing around for a little while and you finally decide to get yourself a brand new battery. You fit your new battery into your car and don’t know what to do with the old one. Did you know that you are not allowed to dispose of your old car battery in your household rubbish by law?

Due to the current legislation in the UK, car batteries cannot be dumped into landfills as they will need to go through a number of steps to get cleaned up before it can go anywhere.

Here are the ways you can recycle your used car batteries.

How long does a battery last?

Car batteries usually last 3 years or more. Depending on what brand you go for, you could get upto five years from a decent battery. A battery’s lifespan could depend on a number of things. For example, weather could play a large part in the life span of your battery. If you’re from the Middle East and its constantly hot, it could damage the battery by sulfation and water loss. On the other hand, in colder climates, batteries tend to last a lot longer and sometimes can go over the expected life span.

How can you tell if it needs replacing?

There many ways to tell if your car battery needs replacing. Here are some of them:

  • Leaking fluid
  • Cracked batter case
  • A battery that doesn’t hold charge
  • Slow engine crank
  • Swelling or bulging on battery case
  • Check engine/battery light.

Why do they have to be recycle?

Car batteries may seem harmless but they actually contain certain chemicals that are hazardous to our environment as well as being harmful to our health. If a battery was to end up in a landfill without being treated, over time it could end up leaking and causing harm. The lead acid will eventually leak and mix in with the soil. Once it is in the soil, there is a chance it could enter our water supply overtime. This is harmful for us as it could enter our system causing many health problems. This is why battery recycling is so important, we need to start looking out for ourselves and our environment.

How can I recycle my old batteries?

There are two main ways for car battery disposal and recycling:

Recycling centre: Recycling centres have many sections within their centres. They take many things starting from wood to old electrics. You have to do is find your local centre with some proof of identity and take your battery down. It’s pretty simple if you have one local to you. Unfortunately, not everyone has a recycling centre close by.

Waste disposal company: Going through a waste disposal company is the easy option. They will dispose of all your batteries, metals and general waste properly as well as providing you with a waste transfer note. All you have to do is give them a call and get a quote for your old battery. They will come to your house to collect it and it is as good as gone.

Not sure on how to recycle batteries? Read more about battery recycling.