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Find out where you can recycle your used car battery and help the earth

MILWAUKEE, April 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know up to 99% of your vehicle battery is recyclable and almost all of it can be used to make new batteries or other products?

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The metals in conventional batteries are the most recycled materials in the world—more than paper, glass and cardboard. The plastic can be recycled into new battery cases and the electrolytes can be reused or made into detergents.

Johnson Controls, the world's largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, makes new batteries from 80% recycled content—this means you could be driving a car that is powered by the same materials that were in the battery from your grandparent's vehicle.

"Johnson Controls vision is a world where 100% of vehicle batteries are responsibly recycled," said Ray Shemanski, vice president and general manager, aftermarket, Johnson Controls, Power Solutions. "We helped create a recycling system that ensures millions of batteries are responsibly recycled and avoid landfills."

Last year, Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company recycled 8,000 batteries per hour across its global recycling system, making the company the world's largest automotive battery recycler. Yet, every year in the U.S., more than a million used batteries are not responsibly recycled.

Recycling your used battery is simple: all you have to do is drop it off at a local battery retailer and they'll do the rest. Most retailers will even grant you a credit for your used battery when you purchase a new one.

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

To further reinforce the company's vision of a world where 100% of vehicle batteries are responsibly recycled, Johnson Controls will plant one tree for every visit to between April 17 and April 24 (the week of Earth Day and Arbor Day). The trees will be planted in forests of greatest need throughout the United States.

About Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 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. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to shareholders and making our customers successful. In 2014, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #12 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit or follow @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About 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, Advanced 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. For more information, please visit or follow @JCI_BatteryBeat on Twitter.

Nicole Koremenos 


Did you know up to 99% of your vehicle battery is recyclable?


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