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Car Batteries: Running on the Most Recycled Consumer Product

Lead car batteries have the highest collection and recycling rate of any type of battery

Do you know what’s under your hood? If your answer is the most recycled consumer product in the world, you’d be correct. Lead car batteries have the highest collection and recycling rate of any type of battery.

According to East Penn Canada, lead car batteries have a recycling rate of virtually 100%. Their award winning closed-loop circular economy approach to lead battery recycling ensures the lead in car batteries is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be used over and over with no loss of performance (Essential Energy Everyday).

Vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICE) aren’t the only ones equipped with a lead battery: virtually every hybrid and fully electric vehicle requires a lead battery to power critical onboard functions. That’s a lot of lead!

When the time comes to replace a car battery, a AAA Washington Battery Service Technician comes to AAA Washington members – at work, at home, almost anywhere – to deliver and install it onsite.
When the time comes to replace a car battery, a AAA Washington Battery Service Technician comes to AAA Washington members – at work, at home, almost anywhere – to deliver and install it onsite. Photo: AAA Washington

Earth-Friendly

As we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, you can feel good about where your car battery goes when it reaches the end of its lifespan. East Penn Canada reports that it recycles an average of 30,000 lead car batteries daily, keeping nearly 11 million batteries out of landfills every year. And, as the most environmentally friendly battery technology, a new lead battery is typically made from more than 82% of recycled material.  

Ethical Partnerships 

When you use AAA Washington for car battery replacement, we do the work for you. No hidden fees or hoops to jump through. Responsible recycling is automatically built into your service.

Using an EPA-approved recycling center, we recycle every lead battery we replace. Our primary battery manufacturers, East Penn Canada and East Penn Manufacturing in Pennsylvania, are dedicated to environmental health and safety. For over 75 years they have contributed to the environmental stewardship of our planet through green initiatives and their state-of-the-art recycling facilities, using the most advanced technology available to reduce lead emissions into the air, wastewater and stormwater.

Did you know? Lead car batteries have the highest collection and recycling rate of any type of battery.
Did you know? Lead car batteries have the highest collection and recycling rate of any type of battery. Photo: AAA Washington

AAA Washington Mobile Battery Service Program

We’re dedicated to ensuring great road trips for generations to come. A lead car battery usually lasts for three to six years, depending on a variety of factors. Extreme heat or cold; harsh wear and tear; short, infrequent drives; and age all affect the lifespan of your battery. When the time comes to replace it, a AAA Washington Battery Service Technician comes to you – at work, at home, almost anywhere – to deliver and install it onsite. Plus, in keeping with our commitment to greater sustainability for the planet, AAA Washington Technicians will also safely recycle your old battery. 
 
Visit AAA Washington Mobile Battery Services to schedule service online or call (800) AAA-HELP. Mobile battery service includes: 

  • Battery testing with state-of-the-art technology (no emergency needed) 
  • Diagnosis of common battery related problems 
  • On-the-spot battery replacement at a special AAA Washington member price 
  • Service where you are: at home, the office, the grocery store or on the road 
  • Safe disposal and recycling of your old battery 

To learn more about how to maximize the life of your car battery, click here.

Road Trip Tips

Before you go: Get ready for your road trip with a AAA Membership. Get peace-of-mind on the road plus travel and insurance services and much more.

Save on hotels and rental cars: Unlock savings on hotels with a AAA membership. Plus, AAA members save up to 20% with Hertz.

Save on car insurance: AAA members save up to 8% on car insurance.

Get battery service: AAA Mobile Battery Service uses state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose battery-related problems. We’ll even replace your battery with a brand-new one if necessary, at a special member price.

Save with AAA member discounts: AAA membership gives you access to exclusive entertainment discounts nationwide.

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