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Old 09-25-2021, 06:50 PM   #1
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Disposal Leaking Lead Acid Batteries

Changing out my lead acid batteries (LAB) to lithium. I bought the new batteries online. Where can I dispose of my old LAB. They seem to be leaking so it looks like a traditional auto parts store won't take them.
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Take them to a local recycling center.
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Old 09-25-2021, 08:58 PM   #3
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what do you mean they are leaking?are they cracked and leaking acid?or do they just have a film on em?if they just have a film on em take some really hot water and dump on em and let em dry and then take em into oreilly's or autozone et,they will pay you for em.
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Just cleaned out the barn and garage last week. Took 6 deep cycle , 1 car,and 3 motorcycle batteries to my local Bomgaar's farm/hdw store and got 90 bucks store card. No questions regarding condition. While not cracked and leaky they sure weren't pretty If you aren't offered core value for your old batteries look around a bit more
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Most scrap yards will take batteries and pay you for them. Clean the batteries with some baking soda mixed with water. Then look for any cracks. Call the scrap yard and see if they will accept a leaking battery. Auto parts stores really don't have any way to store a leaking battery.

The only other alternative would be hazardous waste facility. You will probably have to pay them.
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I agree with the other opinions. If that doesn't work then call your local auto parts stores.
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I get 2 or 4 boxes baking soda.. and mix in water outside then pour out acid on ground and mix in baking soda.. in well vented outside then battery upside down on cement block mix in rest of soda.. use rubber gloves and all safety precautions.. cover whole.. use 2 heavy duty trash bags and turn into recycled shop get paid.. all is well.. use heavy duty cardboard boxes or plastic box to protect car.. gloves when turning in.. tell recycler what you did.. all is well.. you neutralized acid... good luck and keep us posted
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What I would do is discharge the battery completely by leaving a load like a lamp connected until it reaches zero volts. At that point the acid will be at a very low concentration. You can then dump it out into a pan or bucket, neutralize what acidity is left of it with baking soda and the empty battery now poses no leaking hazard.

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Thanks all for the information. After some additional research, Advanced Auto kept coming up as a store willing to take recycle batteries. So I stopped by the local store and no issue with them. They took all four batteries.
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