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Battery Recycling

At Century we are dedicated to caring for the environment and believe that scrap batteries should be recycled and disposed of responsibly.  Our Used Lead Acid Battery (ULAB) program and commitment to environmental sustainability has seen Century achieve SAI Global ISO14001 environmental accreditation, an international standard outlining the requirements for a structured approach to environmental protection and responsibility.


Why recycle?

98% of a lead acid battery can be reclaimed through recycling. The lead, plastic and acid components are re-processed and manufactured into an array of other products including guide posts, cabling and detergents.

Sulfuric acid - Sulfuric acid is converted to sodium sulfate to be used in the manufacture of glass, textiles, laundry detergents and fertilisers.

Lead - Battery plates, inter cell connectors and posts made from lead are melted down in a smelter furnace. The molten lead is then formed into ingots for re-use.

Polypropylene - Battery containers and lids are chipped and sent for recycling into rubbish bins, plant pots etc.



Benefits of Recycling 

  • Help build a cleaner New Zealand for future generations
  • Prevent harm to humans and wildlife
  • Protect the environment
  • Conserve natural resources
  • Reduce the amount of waste to landfill
Recycle your used battery now at one of our Century registered Battery Recycling Centres around New Zealand. Click here or call 0800 93 93 93 to find your nearest Battery Recycling Centre. 


Million metres stream environmental project

Did you know 44% of our monitored lakes are so polluted virtually nothing can survive in them? 62% of our lowland rivers are so polluted with pathogens we can’t safely swim in them.
The Million Metres Streams Project is a non-profit initiative in collaboration with the Sustainable Business Network to restore the health of New Zealand waterways, metre by metre, stream by stream. The aim is to reach a million metres, and we are proudly involved in helping repatriate the Whangawehi waterway in the Hawkes Bay to leave a sustainable legacy for our children and generations to come.
With an aim of 80,000 native trees to be planted over the next 3 years, Century Yuasa is assisting local authorities and community groups to ensure this stream returns to its sustainable biodiversity, for the future enjoyment by all New Zealanders.
For more information on the Million Metres Stream Project, visit



Q. Can I put my old battery in my home recycling bin?

A. No. Lead acid batteries must not be placed in home recycling or waste bins. The lead and acid may contaminate other recycled materials and render them un-useable. The entire load of materials will then be dumped to landfill.

Q. How much does recycling cost?

A. Nothing. Your lead acid battery will be recycled by Century free of charge.

Q. Can I re-use my old battery for anything?

A. No. Automotive batteries contain lead, acid and lead compounds, all of which are considered harmful to humans. Battery recycling with Century minimises the risk to you and your family from these toxins.

Q. What happens to my old battery?

A. The plastics, acid and lead compounds are all separated when the battery is destroyed, and re-processed into new products.

Q. Will my battery be reconditioned?

A. No. Century Yuasa Battery Recycling Centres will never recondition your old battery. Reconditioning is the branding of an end-of-life battery for resale. Reconditioned batteries are extremely unreliable at best and dangerous at worst.


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