Today, with our increasing reliance on technology, our need for rechargeable batteries is also on the rise. From handheld gadgets to automotive sector and household inverters, rechargeable batteries are ubiquitous. Except few applications including small batteries for electronic gadgets, most of the rechargeable batteries we use are lead-acid based. Lead acid batteries find a huge and ever rising demand in automotive sector, followed by household inverters and decentralized electrification systems. In India alone, the number of vehicles has increased from 55 million in 2001 to 159.5 million in 2012 (MoRTH, 2013), consequently increasing the demand for lead acid batteries. In India, the lead acid battery market is currently growing at a rate of 16.5% (Technavio, 2014).
This issue brief highlights the urgent need to address the current challenges associated with recycling of lead acid batteries in India. This would require not only sound implementable policies, but a greater effort on awareness generation front, in order to curb informal and unsafe recycling practices.
Read: Lead Acid Battery Recycling in India – Challenges and Next-Steps