How Should You Dispose of a Used Vehicle Battery?

Every petrol and diesel powered vehicle will have a battery and as it’s a service item, after a number of years, it’ll need replacing. After installing your new battery, you may be wondering how to dispose of your old one but below we walk you through your options.

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Due to the fact that car batteries contain hazardous chemicals, it’s important that you correctly dispose of it. This means that you can’t just put it out with your household rubbish but instead you’ll have to take it to a facility that handles them. Depending upon the battery, you may even be able to get money from disposing of it due to the scrap values.

Whether your used battery is big or small, below is everything you need to know regarding the correct method of disposing of your old battery.

Where Should You Dispose Of A Used Vehicle Battery?

Used car batteries must be taken to an authorised scrap metal facility, garage or recycling centre that accepts batteries for recycling. With regards to recycling centres, depending upon where you live will determine if they accept batteries. Therefore, we recommend that you ring your local centre or visit their website before taking your battery.

How Much Is A Battery Worth Scrap?

Due to the value of scrap metal, car batteries are actually worth money at the scrap yard. This is mainly due to the fact that they contain a large quantity of lead, which is a valuable commodity in terms of scrap.

Therefore, scrapping your battery is a great way to get some money together and put towards a new car battery. In terms of how much a battery is worth at the scrap yard, you can expect between £5 to £15 depending upon its size.

How To Remove & Transport Your Used Battery

Once you are ready to replace and dispose of your old battery, you’ll firstly need to remove it from the car. To remove the battery from your car ready for it to be transported, follow the below steps:

  1. Make sure the engine is switched off.
  2. Locate the terminals and determine which is the negative and positive.
  3. Loosen the nut holding the negative cable in place.
  4. Disconnect the negative cable from the terminal and move it to one side.
  5. Loosen the nut holding the positive cable in place.
  6. Disconnect the positive cable from the terminal and move it to one side.
  7. Disconnect the brackets/clamps holding the battery in place.
  8. Pull the battery away from the tray using both of the handles.

Once you have removed the battery from the car, the next step is to transport it to either a recycling centre or scrap yard. To safely transport the battery, you’ll want to keep it upright at all times and also drive as if you driving with a pint of water on your dashboard. Ideally, you want to put the battery upon a protective load liner or inside of a plastic box. We recommend this because if any battery acid was to spill inside of your car, it could cause permanent damage to your car’s interior that no upholstery cleaner would be able to remove.

Can Your Battery Be Saved?

Before you dispose of your old battery, you may want to double check that it can’t be restored to full health. The best way of checking the health of your used battery is to use a car battery tester (as shown in the image).

Due to the fact that we own a number of cars, we are using our tester quite often to check and maintain our selection of batteries we have in the garage.

If you find that your battery isn’t too far gone, you can attempt to restore it using a quality car battery charger. For example, the CTEK charger that we also own is able to repair, charge and condition most car batteries.

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Disposing of your car’s battery correctly is not only good for the environment but it can also be profitable too if you dispose of it to a scrap dealer. Hopefully our guide has given you all the information you require but if you need further assistance, feel free to get in touch and we will try to help out where possible.

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