Despite batteries being a federally regulated universal waste, recycling of the different chemistries is far from universal. While federal regulations, additional state requirements, and producer involvement have contributed greatly to successes such as lead-acid battery recycling, there are other areas that still need improvement. Consumers are still unaware of certain recycling efforts for batteries and thus recycling rates are low for alkaline and lithium-ion batteries. Meanwhile demand for dry-cell batteries and rechargeable batteries continually increases with electronics usage and the public looking to transition to EV vehicles. Recycling will be pivotal in recovering the resources for our future use of batteries. See our Batteries by the Numbers Infographic to learn more.

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Sources:

https://cen.acs.org/materials/energy-storage/time-serious-recycling-lithium/97/i28

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/life/2021/02/18/what-recycling-advocates-hope-youll-do-with-your-dead-batteries/6704690002/

https://guides.library.illinois.edu/battery-recycling

https://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/recycling_batteries

https://www.call2recycle.org/recycling-laws-by-state/