Global policies that outline the manufacture & recycling of batteries

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30th Apr, 2020

Climate change and reducing one’s carbon footprint is one of the most important considerations for any industry.


Any responsible company that supplies batteries will be committed to following the best practices and policies that outline the manufacturing and recycling of batteries. At Enertec Batteries (Pty) Ltd, we are no different and we do our utmost to ensure that all batteries in our product range have been responsibly and carefully manufactured.


In terms of the manufacturing of batteries, to follow the strict guidelines that have been laid out, it is very important to always insist on traceability of the components that have been used in the manufacturing process.


Some of the main materials used in the manufacturing of batteries include, lead, lithium, cobalt, tin, carbon and silver.  Best practice dictates that the manufacturer sources these components from institutions that are dedicated to preserving the environment and fair treatment of workers.


Responsible sourcing of battery materials is crucial, and this should be one of the most important factors when considering a new battery supplier. Some large-scale mines and other institutions have a reputation for looking the other way when it comes to bribery, corruption, child labor, and unfair treatment. A due diligence should always be conducted to ensure that the mines and institutions being used do not tolerate such practices.


Other responsible practices for battery manufacturing include being a good steward of the local environment and this is evidenced in the company’s waste reduction policies, as well as their corporate values. Any waste products that result from the manufacturing process should be properly disposed of and recycled or reused in a responsible way.


A lot can also be understood by the way in which the manufacturer minimizes its impact on the environment in terms of optimising the performance of its facilities, using natural commodities and resources responsibly, and promoting their own sustainability.


Most people are aware that cadmium and lead-based batteries can have an incredible impact on the natural environment. Recently, lithium-ion (which is a relatively new type of battery in the market) has been regarded as polluting as well. Although it has been classified as only mildly toxic in nature, the fact that so many of these batteries are produced annually means that careful attention needs to be paid into the way they are being disposed of. One advantage to lead is that it is very efficiently recycled.


Whenever you have a spent battery, this should be removed from your home or office. The main reason is that the cells can leak and cause damage or pollute the surrounding area.


All battery types can be recycled and they should therefore never go to a landfill. Batteries are recycled according to battery type (i.e. the battery’s own unique chemistry). 


Enertec Batteries (Pty) Ltd recommends recycling your batteries at special battery recycling centers that can be found at local supermarkets, some municipalities and responsible battery suppliers.


During the recycling process, the batteries are broken down and the individual pieces are placed into a special vat where the heavy materials (such as lead) naturally fall to the bottom. The lighter, plastic material will float and will be taken away and their liquids are drawn off. The heavier materials are then separated where they can be made into new products.


As a distributor of some of the leading battery brands in South Africa, we implore all our dealers to please ensure that all batteries are disposed of correctly.