Why Recycle

Why Recycling?

Green Is Who We Are

At Interstate, we’re serious about guarding the environment. We've been recycling for more than 50 years, running safe and clean operations across the Continental U.S. and Canada. Interstate Batteries does all it can to be a good neighbor and to keep the environment the way we found it. Interstate takes great care in handling the disposal of lead-acid batteries, which is strictly regulated by federal and state legislation, in an environmentally friendly way. We return spent batteries to EPA-approved smelters where the lead and plastic are recycled to make new batteries and products.

Environmental Risks

Did you know Interstate recycled more than twice the lead it used in new batteries this year?

The U.S. EPA estimates that more than 350 million rechargeable batteries, made of heavy metals like nickel cadmium, lithium ion, mercury, nickel metal hydride and lead acid, are bought each year in the United States. If they are not properly managed, these elements can:

  • Pollute the lakes and streams
  • Cause issues at solid waste landfills
  • Bring lead and acid into the environment and water
  • Expose corrosive acids
  • Burn or harm the eyes and skin
Battery users must take responsibility for protecting the environment. Be sure to return your spent battery when you purchase a new one. You can always contact your local government or an Interstate Batteries representative for recycling information.
 
 
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