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Up to 99 percent of a conventional vehicle battery is recyclable and can be reused

MILWAUKEE, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- To help consumers find a nearby facility to recycle used vehicle, boat, motorcycle or lawn/garden batteries, Johnson Controls, the world's largest manufacturer and recycler of vehicle batteries, is encouraging consumers to visit its website

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"Vehicle batteries are by far the world's most recycled consumer product," said Ray Shemanski, vice president and general manager, aftermarket, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "Up to 99 percent of a standard vehicle battery can be recycled and reused to make new batteries or other products."

Today, 99 percent of all used vehicle batteries are collected and recycled in the U.S. Still, every year more than 1 million used vehicle batteries are not recycled.

"Recycling used batteries is simple: drop it off at a local battery retailer and they'll do the rest," said Shemanski. "Most retailers will even grant a credit for used batteries when you purchase a new one."

In the last year, more than 60,000 people have visited the company's website to learn more about battery recycling and utilized the website to find a retail location to recycle their used vehicle batteries by entering their zip code.

According to Shemanski, the company's goal is to have all vehicle batteries recycled responsibly and kept out of landfills.

To help achieve this, Johnson Controls has made a commitment to design, make, transport and recycle batteries in the safest, most sustainable way. When building a new battery, the company uses up to 80 percent recycled materials.

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 recycled its first vehicle battery in 1904. Today, the company uses its one hundred years of experience to increase recycling rates and the development of new recycling systems around the world. Last year, the company recycled 8,000 batteries per hour across its global recycling system.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving customers in more than 150 countries. Our 150,000 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 seating components and 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 2015, Corporate Responsibility Magazine recognized Johnson Controls as the #14 company in its annual "100 Best Corporate Citizens" list. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls Power Solutions
Johnson Controls Power Solutions is the world's largest manufacturer of automotive batteries, supplying approximately 146 million every year to automakers and aftermarket retailers. Our full range of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers- including traditional, 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.

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