Batteries and accumulators are reserve sources of power that play an important role in our daily lives. Storage of electrical energy is and will be more and more important in the near future as the use of portable electronics and electrical vehicles are growing exponentially.
Most of the batteries include heavy metals like cobalt, manganese, mercury, lead, nickel, cadmium and lithium. Car batteries contain lead, various acids and chemicals. Improper disposal of batteries can contaminate our soil and underground waters.
These harmful metals which are mined in very few places on earth are also very valuable materials that can be fully recycled. Some forecasts predict that demand for nickel and manganese will increase by 800 % and demand for cobalt will increase by 150 % within the next 10 years.
For this reason, all kinds of batteries need to be recycled or disposed in a proper recycling facility.
Authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning and also as a member of both TAP (Turkish Battery Importers and Manufacturers Association) and AKUDER (Association of Accumulator and Recycling Industrialists), GCL collects and provides safe storage for waste batteries.
At GCL, collected batteries and accumulators are grouped and stored separately and sent to facilities that would carry out their final recycling or disposal.