The Truth About Car Batteries and Radiators and Why they Need to be Recycled

Blog | July 13th, 2018

With so many cars on the road today, it is more important than ever before to recycle as many parts of them as possible, especially their batteries and radiators. Each time you need to replace these elements, you should recycle them rather than just dispose of them. We state this fact since so many of their elements can go on to be in other products, and the fact that they can pollute the environment when they wind up in landfills.

Both Car Batteries and Radiators Contain Metal Parts

Car batteries contain lead in their terminals, grid and post areas, and this metal can be melted down into lead ingots. The ingots can then be used in the construction of new batteries as far as their grids. Also, car batteries can contain lead oxide that is also recyclable in the making of new batteries. It depends on the year of the car radiators as to which metal that they can contain, but the usual ones are copper, brass or aluminium. All of these metals can go on to make other products when you recycle your radiator rather than just disposing of it.

Plastic Also Is Another Recyclable Material in Car Radiators and Batteries 

On top of the metal in car batteries and radiators, there also are plastic parts. Plastic can be converted into usable pellets for use in manufacturing new batteries, radiators and other products.

Car Batteries and Radiators Can Contain Toxic Non-Metallic Ingredients

Car radiators contain antifreeze and car batteries contain sulphuric acid to perform their functions effectively. Antifreeze should be recycled rather than just dumped since it can harm Australia’s environment, wildlife and residents. In addition, the sulphuric acid can be processed into sodium sulfate that is usable in the manufacturing process for textiles, glass and certain types of detergent.

Recycling Car Radiators and Batteries Reduces the Need for Raw Materials

The end result of you recycling car batteries and radiators is the fact that you help reduce the need for raw materials in manufacturing. This helps to preserve our natural resources and lowers the cost of manufacturing products. Consumers can in turn benefit by paying less for the finished goods.

For further truths about car batteries and radiators and why they need to be recycled, contact us here at Melbourne Metal Recycling. We buy all types of ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal, including car batteries and radiators along with other items. When you contact us, we will explain what you will need to do, if anything, for us to buy your old car radiator and battery from you.