Our commitment to battery recycling and environmental responsibility is unwavering. That’s why we are one of the largest secondary recyclers in the world, and one of the few companies with the ability to provide Total Battery Management, also known as closed loop recycling. That process frees customers from the burden of handling spent batteries in their own facilities.
Recycling recovers 99% of all lead received at our recycling centers. Every year we recycle millions of pounds of lead and recover and neutralize millions of gallons of sulfuric acid. Our robust, highly controlled recycling process is a critical part of our global commitment to environmental sustainability.
Our commitment to environmental stewardship is highlighted by our efforts to reuse and recycle. In 2017, Exide recycled 35 million pounds of plastic in the U.S. alone, which was used to produce 13 million new batteries.
During the month of September, 2018, our Reading, PA, plant recycled 3.1 million pounds of plastic, which equates to another life cycle for approximately 1.5 million automotive batteries.
Exide’s commitment to the environment extends beyond its sustainable products. Exide is proactively focusing on energy conservation and its use of energy more efficiently. To support Exide’s climate change efforts, 50-percent of Exide’s manufacturing locations globally are ISO 50001:2011 certified, with demonstrated energy management systems.
In The Community
Exide’s Lampeter Facility Sponsors Shred-It Event. The Lampeter, Pa., township held a community recycling and shred-it event to coincide with Earth Day, which Exide was a primary sponsor. More than 150 local residents participated in the event and brought cardboard, electronics, paper, batteries, and other household items for shredding or recycling. “These events are valuable in so many ways,” said Joseph Little, Lampeter Plant Manager. “It provides our residents a safe way to recycle and dispose of many household items that otherwise may harm the environment. And Exide is proud to contribute to the community.”
As a core value, Exide Technologies is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our employees and the people in the communities where we operate and live. In order to achieve world-class Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) excellence, we have a rigorous, zero tolerance EHS policy in place that ensures our operations meet or exceed the requirements of laws and regulations.
Exide maintains our company global Total Recordable Incident Rate (the number of occupational injuries and illnesses per 100 employees) at 40-percent less than the combined U.S. average for the industry in which we operate. The organization’s Lost Time Incident Rate is 85-percent better than industry average.
Commitment to Safety
Exide Technologies operates dozens of manufacturing plants, recycling plants and distribution centers across the United States. During Safe + Sound week the leadership and employees at each of our locations participated in workplace safety training designed to reinforce best practices for topics such as proper use of personal protective equipment and preventing workplace accidents. Employees also participated in “Gemba Walks,” a process where management and employees walk through the facility to observe workers demonstrating best practices on the job. Many locations held contests that encouraged employees to identify potential hazards in the workplace and how to fix them. Learn more here…
Commitment to the Environment
Our Environmental Partners
The Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) represents companies that recycle spent lead batteries in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. We turn spent batteries into lead metal, plastic and sodium sulfate, which are used to manufacture new lead batteries and other useful products.
Battery Council International (BCI) is a not-for-profit trade association formed to promote the interests of an international battery industry. BCI has more than 190 members worldwide engaged in every facet of the industry. Included are lead battery manufacturers and recyclers, marketers and retailers, suppliers of raw materials and equipment, plus expert industry consultants.
Essential Energy Everyday is a joint initiative of Battery Council International and the International Lead Association to increase awareness about the importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives and future.
EUROBAT is the association for the European manufacturers of automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has 53 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the automotive and industrial battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility and renewable energy storage.
The International Lead Association (ILA) is an organization dedicated to serving lead producers and other companies that have a direct interest in lead and its use. ILA provides a mix of technical, scientific and communications support from staff and specialist consultants including chemists, electrochemists, toxicologists and environmental specialists.
All manufacturing and recycling plants operate under a formal EHS Management System (EHSMS), which includes permitting and licensing schemes and management of various legal and other requirements. Monitoring and management of various key performance indicators (KPIs) ensures effective control of aquatic and atmospheric emissions and waste. In addition to the schemes which satisfy normative, legislative and permitting requirements, Exide operates under internal standards that define minimum requirements for our operations, which adheres to, or goes beyond, legal compliance. In addition, the company has implemented a Management Systems approach that conforms to ISO requirements and is included in the scope of our stringent internal auditing scheme. The Exide EHS Management System has been satisfactorily demonstrated to external ISO certifying bodies with 60-percent of Exide’s manufacturing locations globally being certified to ISO 14001:2004/15, ISO 50001:2011, OHSAS 18001:2007 or a combination of the three.
EHS Management System Fact Sheet
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Exide Europe and Exide Americas were awarded EcoVadis silver and bronze medals respectively in recognition of CSR achievements.
The objective of the EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility rating methodology is to measure the quality of a company’s CSR management system through its policies, actions and results. The EcoVadis Corporate Social Responsibility assessment is an evaluation of how well a company has integrated the principles of CSR into their business and management system.
It is based on seven founding principles:
- Evidence based
- Industry sector, country and size taken into account
- Diversification of sources to ensure rich enough stakeholder input for reliable scoring.
- Technology is a must applied to ensure the process is secure, confidential, and to accelerate the cycle time.
- Assessment by international CSR experts
- Traceability & Transparency of documentation
- Excellence through continuous improvement
Corporate Social Responsibility Policy
Corporate Responsibility FAQ
SREA Lead Recycling Certification Letter (U.S.)