• Ray Shemanski, vice president and general manager for Johnson Controls, helps to raise awareness about the importance of recycling automotive batteries and helps drivers find a recycling location near them.
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  • Old batteries are used to make new batteries, something Johnson Controls has been doing since 1904.
  • Johnson Controls recycles 8,000 automotive batteries per hour in its global system.

Give your car battery another life

Find out where you can recycle in your area

/ PR Newswire / — Did you know automotive batteries are the most recycled product in the world?
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Up to 99 percent of a car battery can be recycled. Electrolytes can be made into detergents and the plastics and metals are reused to make new batteries. This means you could be driving a car that’s powered by the same materials that were in a battery from your grandparent’s vehicle.

“Most people think about cans, paper or glass when they recycle, but the materials in automotive batteries are the most recycled materials in the world” said Ray Shemanski, vice president and general manager, Johnson Controls, Power Solutions.

Last year, Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company recycled 8,000 batteries per hour across its recycling system, making the company the world’s largest automotive battery recycler.

In the US and Europe, more than 95 percent of conventional batteries are recycled, but Johnson Controls’ vision is a world where 100 percent of vehicle batteries are recycled.

According to a recent consumer survey, seven out of 10 Americans don’t know their options for recycling used car batteries- which means two million end up sitting in garages or landfills.

To find out where to go to recycle your vehicle, boat, motorcycle or lawn/garden battery, Johnson Controls has created www.recyclingmybattery.com. Drivers can enter their zip codes to find nearby battery recycling locations.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. The company’s 170,000 employees create quality products, services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings; lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles; and interior systems for automobiles. Johnson Controls’ commitment to sustainability dates back to its roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through its growth strategies and by increasing market share, Johnson Controls is committed to delivering value to shareholders and making its customers successful. In 2013, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com or follow @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the world's largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, supplying approximately 140 million every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers. The company’s full range of lead acid and Lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers- including conventional, Start-Stop, Micro Hybrid, hybrid and electric. Johnson Controls' recycling system has helped make automotive batteries the most recycled consumer product in the world. Globally, 15,000 employees develop, manufacture, distribute and recycle batteries at more than 50 locations.

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