Lead acid batteries waiting to be recycled at metal waste yard

Scrap Battery Prices: How to Make Money from Your Scrap

It might boggle your mind to hear this, but your dead-as-a-doornail car battery might be worth something! While batteries are great when they’re in working order, it’s a completely different story when you need to get rid of one. Batteries aren’t something you can just chuck in your wheelie bin, as most waste companies won’t take them. The good news is, we do! Bring your lead acid battery to Endless, and not only will you be acting responsibly, but you’ll be paid for it too. Cha-ching!

So, if you’re wondering what scrap battery price you could get, bring your lead acid battery to Endless to find out! Learn how the process works below.


What batteries can I scrap?

As long as your scrap batteries are of the lead acid variety (all batteries from petrol and diesel vehicles are), you’re in the money with us.

It’s important to note that when lead acid batteries are exported, the bits that get recycled are the lead and the acid. If you’re not quite sure where you might find a lead acid battery, we’ve put together a handy list for you:

  • Cars (petrol/diesel)
  • Utes
  • Trucks
  • Tractors
  • Forklifts
  • Some heavy machinery
  • Scooters
  • Motorbikes
  • Mobility scooters
  • Golf carts

So, you might be wondering why we can’t take other batteries that aren’t lead acid, like the ones you have in your laptop, in other electronic goods, or in your hybrid/electric vehicle. These batteries are often nickel-cadmium (NiCad), nickel metal hydride (NiMH), and lithium-ion, which are highly flammable. Please dispose of these safely via your local e-waste recycler, as processing them at a scrapyard is highly risky.

When it comes to typical non-rechargeable batteries you buy at the supermarket and use in things like torches and remote controls (regular alkaline, manganese, and carbon-zinc batteries), you can dispose of them at your nearest hazardous waste collection site.

Want to check what your lead acid battery could be worth? We’d love to hear from you, so get in touch with our scrap metal recycling team from Monday to Friday (7am to 5pm) and on Saturdays (7am to 1pm) to get the latest scrap battery pricing.

How are batteries graded?

When it comes to grading batteries, it’s all about the weight. The bigger, the better, but even the little guys are worth looking into. Batteries vary in weight, so whether it’s 1kg or 60kg (or more!), you can determine how much cash you’ll get for it based on its weight in kg.

Our friendly team would love to hear from you, so feel free to send us an enquiry to find out what your battery is worth in today’s market.

How to upgrade your scrap batteries & make more money

While many people wonder about this, unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to upgrade your battery. We take them as they are, so the only way you can make more money from them is to bring in more or heavier batteries.

It may be tempting to give your battery a little clean-up, thinking this might make you more dosh, but removing or draining the acid won’t increase the value. It’s incredibly dangerous to drain batteries as the acid is highly poisonous; this could also decrease the battery’s value as scrap. Simply bring them in as they are, have them weighed, and get paid!

For your safety and ours, we just ask that you ensure there are no leaks before bringing the battery in. If you get acid on yourself from a leak, wash the affected area immediately and call the National Poisons Centre.

Get in touch with Endless for more info!

Here at Endless, we’re always down for a chat! As New Zealand’s most loved scrap metal buyer, we can help you make more money from your battery scraps. If you have a lead acid battery to enquire about, get in touch with our team from Monday to Friday (7am to 5pm) and on Saturdays (7am to 1pm).