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Your Guide to AAA Car Battery Recycling

Learn how AAA leads the way in car battery recycling, keeping with its commitment to supporting a more sustainable planet.

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Do you know what’s under your hood? If your answer is the most recycled consumer product in the world, you’d be correct. Lead car batteries have the highest collection and recycling rate of any type of battery. According to Essential Energy Everyday, lead car batteries have a recycling rate of nearly 100%. Even better? With a circular economy, the lead in car batteries is infinitely recyclable, meaning it can be used over and over with no loss of performance.

Vehicles with internal combustion engines aren’t the only ones equipped with a lead battery: virtually every hybrid and fully electric vehicle requires a lead battery to power critical onboard functions. That’s a lot of lead!


You can feel good about where your car battery goes when it reaches the end of its lifespan. More than 130 million lead batteries are recycled and kept from landfills every year, according to Essential Energy Everyday. And a new lead battery typically consists of 80% recycled material.

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Ethical Partnerships

AAA takes great pride in its deep-rooted reputation for environmental protection. When you use AAA for car battery replacement, we do the work for you. No hidden fees or hoops to jump through: Responsible car battery recycling is automatically built into your service.

Using an Environmental Protection Agency-approved recycling center, we recycle every lead battery we replace. Our primary battery manufacturer, East Penn Manufacturing, is a private, family-owned company operating the largest single-site lead battery manufacturing facility in the world. Based in Pennsylvania, the EPA-permitted facility calls itself a model for the lead car battery recycling industry. It uses advanced technology to reduce lead emissions into the air, wastewater and stormwater.

The AAA Mobile Battery Service Program

AAA is dedicated to protecting our environment and ensuring great road trips for generations to come. A lead car battery usually lasts for three to six years, depending on a variety of factors. Factors like extreme heat or cold; harsh wear and tear; short, infrequent drives; and age all affect the lifespan of your battery. When the time comes to replace it, a AAA battery service technician comes to you – at work, at home, almost anywhere – to deliver and install it. Plus, in keeping with our commitment to greater sustainability for the planet, AAA technicians will also safely recycle your old battery.

Visit to have a AAA technician check the condition of your battery – and replace and recycle it, if necessary.

  • No….I would still rather have a key to start my car than a key fob.
    For me a key is a lot easier in my pocket than a bulky fob. It’s just one more electronic gadget to go bad. What happens when the battery goes bad and you’re in the middle of nowhere ?? And a key is much less expensive to replace than a fob. No thank you please !
    It’s nothing more than change for the sake of change.

    • Susan A.

      I agree. My key, which doesn’t start the car but has all the unlock functions. It costs a lot to replace, you can’t get a copy if one gets lost without going to a dealer, etc. I’d be happy with a separate unlock device, which is a good safety option in parking lots and garages, and is fast and convenient. If you lose it you can function without it, so no problem if the battery dies far from home. We have a hotshot device, which is an inconvenient alternative to start a car.


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