When it comes to battery recycling, one size does not fit all. With such an array of different types of batteries, we have developed an equally diverse array of technologies to ensure each battery component is recovered and treated in the most efficient and environmentally-sound way possible.
Alkaline batteries consist of three primary components: zinc, manganese dioxide and steel. All these materials are completely recoverable and reusable in new products.
Alkaline batteries are shredded to separate the steel casing from the zinc and manganese active materials. The recovered steel is sent to a downstream mill for reuse in new steel products. In addition, the recovered zinc and manganese is processed through Retriev's patented hydrometallurgical process, which produces very high-grade zinc and manganese products.
The high-grade zinc and manganese can be used in countless new products. Presently, the manganese is used in the production of new alkaline batteries
Batteries collected in The Big Green Box are recycled at our Retriev Technologies facility located in Lancaster, Ohio