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Recycling Process

First Battery’s recycling division, Scrap Battery, is responsible for the collection of used lead-acid batteries across South Africa. First Battery Centre franchises act as drop off points for old batteries, while Scrap Battery also offers a collection service for large volumes of batteries.

Scrap batteries are recycled at First Battery’s recycling plant in Benoni and are processed to the point that the majority of the components can be used to manufacture new automotive batteries.

Recycling Step 1

Step 1

Batteries are collected through First Battery Centre franchises and other sources around the country.

Recycling Step 2

Step 2

Scrap batteries are transported to the smelter at our Benoni plant.

Recycling Step 3

Step 3

Batteries are processed through a battery breaker, separating lead, plastic and acid.

Recycling Step 4

Step 4

The acid is neutralised and processed through the effluent plant before being disposed of in accordance with environmental regulations.

Recycling Step 5

Step 5

The plastic components are washed and converted into pellets to be re-used in the manufacturing of new battery containers and covers by First Battery.

Recycling Step 6

Step 6

The battery plates, terminals and other lead pieces are stockpiled for refining and blending with other materials to produce lead alloys for new batteries.

Recycling Step 7

Step 7

Any elements of the scrap batteries that can,t be reclaimed are disposed of in a compressed cake form in a Class 1 dump.


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