How to Dispose of Car Batteries

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Car batteries should never be disposed of in any fashion other than by bringing them to authorized recycling agencies who recycle the battery. Learn about the dangers of throwing away car batteries with help from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance and auto repair.

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Hello, my name is Mark Blocker, in this segment we're going to cover how to dispose of a car battery. OK car batteries are never disposed of. They're always to be turned in to authorized recycling agencies who disassemble and properly recycle the battery. The batteries contain an acid and a lead compound and it's dangerous to the environment and harmful and it's not allowed to be disposed of. Most all state laws strictly prohibit the disposal of batteries whether you throw them in the trash system, bury them in your backyard, whatever the case may be, that's not a good thing, it's illegal in most all cases. How to dispose of them, any place that you can purchase a car battery usually requires a core charge, IE you have to turn in your old battery when purchasing a new one or else pay a 5 or 10 or 15 dollar core deposit which they'll refund to you when you return your old battery. So anyplace you can purchase a new battery you can turn your old battery in for recycling. If none of those that you're aware of or you have some left sitting around your shop that don't know where they came from you need to dispose of them, you need to turn them in to authorized recycling agency that can be found through the information on your phone book, it can be found through any of the search engines online, the main thing is you can't dispose of car batteries, they must be properly recycled. A good rule of thumb is any battery that can be recharged can be recycled and not disposed of. That's how you dispose of car batteries.

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