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Get Big Money for Scrap Batteries

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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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swander4 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.

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Item specifics

Place of Origin: London United Kingdom

Port: Tilbury Port

Brand Name: Scrap Batteries

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Minimum Order Quantity: 100 Metric Ton/Metric Tons 150

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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),
*Lead Acid Batteries of White color only with P.P. material.
*Not black batteries with ebonite material*

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Please send me details at manish@palco.co.in

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??
thanks
mg2407 rkusumo4 months ago

Please send me details at manish@palco.co.in

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??

thanks,,
u can email me at sephiroth_soul@yahoo.com

am waiting for ur reply.
:)
hi rksumo,

i'm interested in buying the batteries from you.....send me photographs, if you can...vishalnathwani@hotmail.com...
you can get back to yours through our company email address: camtrade@live.com for more inquiries
For more information call us at 2517671752
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tradecam2 years ago
i am having about 1000mt of use car battery so interested buyer should contact camtrade@live.com for more inquiries
mg2407 tradecam4 months ago

Please send me details at manish@palco.co.in

l3prac0n4 months 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?

jdollar8432 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 jdollar843@yahoo.com

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

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

CALL ME AT 919-464-1968 IM INTERESTED IN BUYING BATTERIERS
kfouty10 months 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.
sherwil1 year 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 add...sherwilr@yahoo.com.ph.
stepano1 year ago
we are looking for the scrap batteries, if you have please send me the photos to k1yt@korea.com thank you
aurenda1 year 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
robotman91 year 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 dan@batterychicago.com . Thank you for your time and consideration.
We at My Battery Recyclers provides most satisfied recycling services across US. Visit us at http://www.mybatteryrecyclers.com/
mikeys2 years ago
I also buy batteries in any qty. mike@mssiowa.com
Do any places buy alkaline "AA " batteries? Because I have several pounds and dont want to just throw them away.
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
rogier_jansen@hotmail.com

thanks
cagdastr2 years ago
Hello;

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.
Thanks
guroz@live.com
you can get back to yours through our company email address: camtrade@live.com for more inquiries
does anyone recycle rechargeable batteries that don't have lead in them? like you use on drills?
We have all kinds of batteries that do not have lead on them

you can get back to yours through our company email address: camtrade@live.com for more inquiries

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 or www.thebatteryshoprecycling.com. 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.

We are also currently buying catalytic convertors, air compresors, aluminum wheels, starters, radiators, alternators and BATTERIES...
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Koffitrade2 years ago
Dear buyers, we are major exporters of ACID DRAINED BATTERY SCRAP to any serious buyer on a long term supply contract base. contact us on koffimensahscrap@gmail.com for the full details.
Looking up to building a lasting business cooperation with you.
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 or www.thebatteryshoprecycling.com. 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.

We are also currently buying catalytic convertors, air compresors, aluminum wheels, starters, radiators, alternators and BATTERIES...
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We are currently paying $8 per car battery that is currently more than 20 cent a pound and we pay more for bigger batteries in Mobile Al. We also sell used batteries for $25 w/core. 60 day warranty. Please call us at 251.287.5564 or check our web page www.thebatteryshoprecycling.com
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Vinsu3 years ago
Collecting scrap metals can be very profitable. I' ve been helping one guy couple of times when salvaging "valuables" from various places using a large pickuptruck. He had a buyer for everything we had gathered. He advertised on local newspaper about his collecting services: people called him whenever in need of removing some old iron farm equipment (plows, tractors etc.) from their land or when those three dead cars on side of the field just weren't a joyfull sight anymore. I don't know how much he got from it but once he almost started drooling when we were lifting an old wood burning stove, that was made entirely of iron and weight about 1000kg, on his truck. There was also bundles of aluminium and copper on many demolition sites we visited. The guy payed me 20€ per hour when in need of a muscular young man for a sweaty job, no funny thoughts there:P
That's a shocker.... lol, literally spewing out bills into your face. 2 dozen batteries you say? 24 batts. multiplied by the poundage of each = how much lead is in there, actually less because of the acid etc. It's just a rough approximation.
Erik20113 years ago
I recently sold my dead watch batteries to watchbatterybuyers.com and they paid me 50 dollars a pound and paid for shipping. i told another member on this site how i sold used watch batteries. i was surprised of how much www.watchbatterybuyers.com paid and how fast the turnaround was. they also took some AA batteries i had that i didnt want to toss in the garbage.
jimbo3335 years ago
old catalatic converters is where the real money is, you can sometimes get 300 a piece if your lucky, this is cuz they have precious metals inside.
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