How to recycle ups batteries

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How to recycle ups batteries
Do your part to help the environment: recycle old UPS batteries. (recycling 3d image by Tomislav from

Recycle your UPS batteries to avoid putting harmful toxins into the environment. Uninterruptable power supply (UPS) batteries are used as a backup power supply method for computers in the event of a power outage. They are lead-based batteries that release toxic chemicals into landfills if not disposed of properly. UPS batteries have a lifespan of about five years, so proper disposal is crucial. Elect an environmentally-friendly option for disposing of your old UPS battery.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Recharge your UPS battery. If the UPS battery is over three years old, it may simply need to be recharged. Look up online retailers that sell replacement battery cartridges (sometimes called RBCs) to maximise the life of the battery.

  2. 2

    Trade your old UPS battery. Search online for a retailer or a licensed disposal company that will trade your old UPS battery for a new one. Many companies will offer a discount on your new UPS battery if you trade in the old one.

  3. 3

    Recycle your old battery using a licensed disposal company. The Internet offers a multitude of options for recycling your UPS battery. Licensed disposal companies often come to your home or office, uninstall the battery and dispose of it themselves. If you prefer to handle the disposal yourself, contact your local home office retailers to see whether they accept old UPS batteries. Many do.

Tips and warnings

  • Call a variety of disposal companies; prices will vary with each retailer. Some retailers charge for uninstalling and picking up the old battery.
  • Always ask for help if you are uninstalling and disposing of the UPS battery yourself.
  • Use caution when handling your UPS batteries. UPS batteries are heavy and can be difficult to transport.

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