Exide receives used lead-acid batteries and recycles them to recover lead for other uses. The plastic components are recycled by KW Plastics of California in Bakersfield. The sulfuric acid is also neutralized and used in the wastewater treatment system.
Exide has an average production of 100,000 to 120,000 tons of lead per year. This is equivalent to recycling approximately 11 million car batteries, which is about the same number of used batteries generated in California annually. Exide also recovers lead from lead bearing plant scrap and secondary materials, primarily from lead-acid battery manufacturers. These activities require a hazardous waste facility permit from DTSC.