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Truck Batteries

By: Aron Russell

Truck batteries are a type of lead-acid battery which powers not only trucks but most automotive machinery such as cars, wheelchairs, tractors, and motorcycles. These type batteries are shaped like a rectangle and have sulfuric acid in them which if exposed to the skin burns it on contact.

Recycling is the best way of the disposal of truck batteries as there are many components to the battery which can be used again.

There are many benefits from the proper disposal of truck batteries in the form of recycling. There are many metals which make truck batteries which can be recycled. These metals can be used to produce more batteries. This is also the case for the plastics that are recovered from recycled batteries as it can be used again as well to make other products.

Considering that truck batteries have sulfuric acid in them there are some ways to be more careful in their disposal. Make sure to handle the batteries with gloves that are leather or acid resistant. Anything that produces a spark or a flame should be kept away from truck batteries when they are being recycled.

Do not place anything metal on top of the batteries as this can cause sparks which can lead to a fire. Before handling the battery remove anything metallic such as rings and chains. In handling truck batteries make sure that the battery stays right side up as to not spill any of the acid that the battery holds.

When you are carrying batteries for recycling purposes use a container for carrying the battery that is non metallic and does not leak. Batteries that do have a leak in them should be neutralized by spreading baking soda or calcium carbonate on the area and then flush the area well with water.

In the event that spilled acid contacts the skin make sure to flush the area that the acid touches with water right away. After this you should visit a doctor or an emergency room if the burning persists.

When you are buying truck batteries inquire about the disposal of an old one as many retailers, which sell truck batteries, will accept the old ones which they recycle. They may also discount the price of the new battery because you are trading in the old one.

Around 96 percent of all lead, which can be found in any automotive battery, is eventually recycled. Although this is a high figure there are still many truck batteries, as well as other lead based kinds, that are not stored properly. Around 20 percent of all the households in the United States stores at least one type of battery from an automobile or truck. This figure amounts to around 30 to 40 million used lead based batteries that are not stored properly or recycled.

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