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How to Dispose of a Car Battery

Most car batteries contain lead and sulfuric acid, both hazardous chemicals. Be sure to dispose of them safely.


  • : Be sure to wear safety goggles, work gloves, and a long-sleeve shirt while removing the battery.
  • Step 1: Check for applicable disposal regulations Check whether your local government has passed any regulations governing the disposal of car batteries beyond the ones passed by the federal government. If so, be sure to comply with them.
  • Step 2: Remove the old battery Remove the battery cables and carefully lift the old battery from the mounting bracket.
  • TIP: Clean up any battery acid that leaks by flushing the spill thoroughly with water.
  • Step 3: Place the battery in a plastic bag Place the battery in a sturdy plastic bag.
  • Step 4: Exchange old battery for new battery Exchange your old battery at the auto-parts store when you buy a new one. They will dispose of it safely.
  • Step 5: Take the battery to a recycling center You can also take the battery to an authorized recycling center. These locations may include junkyards and service stations. Some places may charge a fee.
  • FACT: The first rechargeable battery was invented by a French physicist in 1859.

You Will Need

  • Goggles
  • work gloves
  • and a long-sleeve shirt
  • Governing regulations
  • Plastic bag
  • Auto parts store
  • Recycling center

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