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I just got paid $300 cash for two dozen old lead-acid batteries. Here's how.

A lot of readers are asking: Where do I get dead batteries?:
I mostly got these batteries by seeing and asking for them. New cars wreck batteries pretty quick because the car computer never really turns off. So if the car isn't driven regularly it'll over-discharge and sulfate the battery.
I tell my friends to give me their toxic waste and I'll get rid of it, cuz I hate seeing buckets of drain oil left out in the rain. They give me their dead batteries also.
I picked up a few behind service stations and parts stores where people had orphaned them. A few came from my marina next to the dumpster, more came from the marine supply store. I told them I was experimenting with desulfating batteries and they told me to help myself to their scrap pile. Some came back to life from various magic treatments and I gave them to friends or built them into projects.

Those projects included as welders and power storage for solar welders, running power tools off them, as well as starting and lighting batteries for the Free Yacht.

I finally got around to taking the bad ones to the scrapyard and damn!
Here's what the robo-cashier at the scrapyard gave me for my load of toxic waste!
Batteries are worth real money now, if you can find the right buyer.
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Step 1: Check the Market

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The market goes up and down. Right now the dollar is low and China and India are buying scrap like crazy to sell it back to us as products. That drives up scrap values. Our military shooting and attracting bullets all over the world doesn't hurt the value of lead either.

Check the values online or in your paper, if it has a commodity markets listing.
You'll get less than this, because you're not selling a train car full. Unlike retail economics, in collection economics smaller quantities are worth less per pound.
If you're in a city with a port that ships to China, expect to get a higher price than elsewhere.
If you have a huge quantity, bargain up for a higher price. The yards that load ships won't usually bother with you unless you've got truckloads, but if you do, they'll pay accordingly higher.

"TL" means "Truck Load". "LTL" means "Less than Truckload".

Step 2: Call Around, Load up, and Haul

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If you run into a scavenger with a truck or a shopping cart full of cans, ask them what the best places are to sell different kinds of scrap.
Now call those places, other local scrapyards and recyclers and ask them if they buy what you have and how much they pay.
Within 5 miles of me (and the port of Oakland) I heard prices ranging from
"No", "$5 a battery", "fifteen cents a pound" and "twenty cents a pound".
They're allowed to offer you whatever they want. It's a business and they have expenses.
They'll ask you how much you have. If you say you have more, they may offer a better rate.

CASS recycling had the best price for batteries of the places I called.

Load up your batteries and head out. Don't hurt your back. A spine is worth more than any amount of scrapmetal. Notice how low the Ugly Truckling's rear springs are. The ride was very smooth.

Step 3: Cash it In

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Stop at the scrapyard office and ask them what to do. We waited in a line of other trucks for a while til one of those guys told us that since we just had batteries, we could drive right in.
Once inside the yard, they had us load our batteries on a cart, push the cart onto a scale.
They asked me for ID, my address, and had me sign a form promising that I was the lawful owner of the stuff I was selling them. There's been a big problem in the city with "copper miners" stealing metal wires, pipes, etc. to recycle for money, so there's a law requiring this form.
Then they printed me a reciept with a barcode at the bottom.

"Behind the woman in yellow is a little room like a closet. Scan the barcode there and the ATM will give you your money. You'll get the dollars, but you won't get the coins."

Here's the ATM, and the sign saying that they'll write you a check for the coins if you really want them to.
I hadn't looked at the reciept, so I was pretty amazed when hundred dollar bills started spewing out of the machine. I guess those batteries weighed more than I thought they would.
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CWholesales5 hours ago

We carry Over 2k pounds of Lithium Ion cellphone batteries willing to sell by pound if anybody can use please email me best offer ready to ship in FL

All people having scrap lead batteries feel free to contact me @ serious sellers only!

hi man i have a old battery scrap i need a seriously buyer this is my email; go.on

hi man i have a old battery scrap i need a seriously buyer this is my email;

sir, I have 30ton of scrap drain battery for export. I need a serious buyer. Contact me

Hi Kevin,

we are looking for someone to send our car and truck batteries to, we ship 25 ton in a 40 feet container, all batteries are empty and drained of acid.

if you are interested in buying you can contact me at this e-mail adres





hello.. i am manik i live in india. i am looking for someone to send me old car and truck batteries. as much quantity as u can please send me the price and ur contact details on

I have assorted watch batteries, all sizes, maybe hundred and fifty or more pounds of them,, anyone help me sell them

Destinyjaeee 5 months ago
I just bought a new battery for my audi a4 that Im giving to the junk yard so I want to sell the battery since it's brand new but auto zone won't buy it since it's been in the car. So I want to know where I can take it to and how much I'll get
bkcellulark6 months ago

i have over 500 old cellphone batteries. if anyone is interested in the purchase, please contact me

swander12 months ago

took 5 to a used battery store and they gave me $40 for the lot. $15 credit per battery on a trade in and $8 for a core that wasn't shorted. Dont know what a shorted battery gets you but I dont understand why it makes a differrence when they gut it and replate it anyway.

We are a Seller and supply OCC Paper Scrap with the following specifications, terms & conditions. Sales & purchases .

Item specifics

Place of Origin: London United Kingdom

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Brand Name: Scrap Batteries

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Minimum Order Quantity: 100 Metric Ton/Metric Tons 150

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Auto & Truck Scrap Batteries

Auto and truck battery, Drained Lead Battery Scrap (As per ISRI Code RAINS),and we ship globally. contact for more details

We are active in sales: Auto and truck battery, Drained Lead Battery Scrap (As per ISRI Code” RAINS"),and we ship globally. We have presently huge quantity of Drained Dry Lead-Acid Batteries (RAINS) at our yard.

*Drained dry whole intact lead batteries (free of acid liquid) (ISRI CODE: RAINS),
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*Not black batteries with ebonite material*

Interested Buyer should Contact us Direct our details.

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Please send me details at

We have a battery recycling shop in Mobile Alabama, Pensacola and sorrounding areas. Our business name is The Battery Shop Recycling, you can find us on Facebook as cash for junk batteries. We pay top prices for your junk auto battery and we also pick it up from you. Be part of the solution, help us save our enviroment.
im from Indonesia.
and we have lots of dead batteries here....for about two dump trucks...
how can i send it to you??
mg2407 rkusumo1 year ago

Please send me details at

Hi we are from USA we are very interested in buying your batteries but don't really know how much it cost to send it to here, is it possible for you to find the shipping information to pensacola florida o mobile Alabama? Thank you very much
i've found the shipping information now...
its about $700/container to USA.

so is that possible to you paid the shipping's cost??

u can email me at

am waiting for ur reply.
hi rksumo,

i'm interested in buying the batteries from you.....send me photographs, if you
you can get back to yours through our company email address: for more inquiries
For more information call us at 2517671752
tradecam3 years ago
i am having about 1000mt of use car battery so interested buyer should contact for more inquiries

Please send me details at

l3prac0n1 year ago

I have a few pounds of AA and AAA batteries, I live in Elk Grove, CA. Here it's illegal to throw batteries in the trash or recycle bin, so I tried to find a place that will take batteries but they all charge. Is there anyone that will buy them please?

jdollar8433 years ago
I am a golf cart dealer in myrtle beach sc and have around 4000 lbs of batteries looking to sell the whole lot to one buyer please email me at

call me at 919-464-1968 my name is wayne

call me at 919-464-1968 I am interested in buying your batteriers

kfouty1 year ago
I was wondering is there any place in or around Franklin, IN or even Indianapolis, IN that will buy AA batteries cause I have a ton that I need to get rid of.
sherwil2 years ago
hi sir stepno ihave a hundreds of junk batterys here in the philippines iwill send to the photos of my garage that full of batterys later becouse its already 4 a.m here in the philippines...this is my email
stepano2 years ago
we are looking for the scrap batteries, if you have please send me the photos to thank you
aurenda2 years ago
i have to batteries for sale call me make me an offer not sure of the size but its just a bit longer then a reguarl batterie ill give u more information when the phone rings my name is andrew u can call me at 714 391 2454
robotman92 years ago
do AA work?
danmoore2 years ago
Our company, Service Battery Inc. pays the most money in the industry for used batteries. We have been in business for over 40 years because we are fair and not greedy. We have never taken advantage of anyone or any opportunity. If you want to sell your batteries to us and put the correct amount of cash in your pocket, e-mail me at . Thank you for your time and consideration.
We at My Battery Recyclers provides most satisfied recycling services across US. Visit us at
mikeys2 years ago
I also buy batteries in any qty.
Do any places buy alkaline "AA " batteries? Because I have several pounds and dont want to just throw them away.
cagdastr3 years ago

I am looking to purchase drained lead acid battery scrap. I need 1000 m/t per month. Please contact me if interested with best price so we discuss further details.
you can get back to yours through our company email address: for more inquiries
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