Green HiGHliGHt t
AAiA is pleased to present the “Green Highlight” from the online publication “Driving toward a Cleaner environment: the Automotive Aftermarket Green Story,” produced by the association to help tell the aftermarket’s compelling eco-story. For more information, visit www.aftermarket.org.
An estimated automotive batteries were recycled last year, equal to 1.4 billion pounds of lead, according to the AAIA Aftermarket Factbook. Nearly all (98%) of automotive aftermarket companies surveyed by AAIA have battery recycling methods in place.
More than 95 percent of an automotive battery can be recycled. The lead, plastic, acid and sulfuric acid found in batteries are reclaimed and reused in the manufacturing of new batteries. The lead is cleaned and melted and used in the production of new lead plates and other parts for new batteries. The plastic is cleaned and melted into pellets used to manufacture new battery cases. Old battery acid can either be neutralized into safe water and released into the sewer system or converted into sodium sulfate used in laundry detergent, glass and textiles.
The Environmental Impact
An estimated 63.3 million automotive batteries were recycled last year, equal to 1.4 billion pounds of lead, according to the AAIA Aftermarket Factbook. Nearly all (98 percent) of automotive aftermarket companies surveyed by AAIA have battery recycling methods in place.
The Automotive Aftermarket’s Green Story
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Aftermarket Insider Issue 70