Used Lead Acid Batteries (ULAB)
- Mature technology.
- Commonly used in automobiles.
- Lead, lead oxide, sulphuric acid, plastics (PP)
- Exposure to lead, a toxic substance that can cause a wide variety of serous health effects, particularly in children
- Fire: if damaged or terminals short circuit
- Acid related injuries: if acid spills
- Heavy lifting
- Disposal to landfill can result in local environmental contamination
Storage of used button cell batteries in the home
- Cover terminals with tape to prevent short circuit and minimise risk of fire
- Store out of reach and stored out of each of children
- Keep upright
- Take care when lifting
- Used lead acid batteries (ULAB) are recyclable
- Close to 100% of the materials can be recycled and there is a well-established infrastructure for collection and recycling.
- Plastics and electrolyte (H2SO4) are also recovered.
- Currently we collect about 95% of used lead acid batteries in Australia for recycling
Legal requirements (Always check your own legal requirements as these vary from state to state)
- Batteries, wet, filled with acid: 2794
- Batteries, wet, non-spillable: 2800 (sealed)
Health and safety
- Follow manufacturers’ guidelines for safe handling and storage.
- Manufacturers also prepare Safety Data Sheets which set out key health and safety information. These can be found on their websites.
Packaging for transport
- ABRI Guidelines for Packaging and Safe Transport of ULAB are available at https://batteryrecycling.org.au/resources/abri-guidelines-packing-safe-transport-of-used-lead-acid-batteries/