Johnson Control, Inc's Social Innovation, State-of-the-Art Battery Recycling Centre

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Johnson Control, Inc's Social Innovation, State-of-the-Art Battery Recycling Centre

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Johnson Controls (@EfficiencyNow) invests $150mm, creates 250 new jobs, and revolutionizes car battery #recycling: http://bit.ly/SPEaYP
Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 1:30pm

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Johnson Controls, Inc., a global technology and industrial leader, has opened its social innovation Florence Recycling Centre for automotive batteries in South Carolina, U.S. The facility expands Johnson Controls' presence in Florence with an investment of more than $150 million, representing 250 new jobs in the area.

Car batteries are the most recycled products in America, having a 98 percent to 99 percent recycling rate! This social innovation facility will recycle 132,000 metric tons per year—the equivalent of more than 14 million automotive batteries. Johnson Controls developed 36 acres of the site for construction of the facility with the remaining land undeveloped. Portions of the site will be permanently protected through a conservation agreement. These steps taken by Johnson Controls to maximise economic impact and minimise environmental effects on the area at the same time are important to the local community. Throughout the process, Johnson Controls ensured that the citizens' concerns were heard and supported; it was a critical element in bringing the recycling centre to Florence.

Battery recycling is an activity that aims to reduce the number of batteries being disposed in municipal solid waste, because batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Their dumping raises concerns over risks of soil contamination and water pollution, so the main reason for recycling batteries is to prevent hazardous materials from entering landfills. Lead acid and nickel-cadmium batteries are of special concern. About 60 percent of the world's lead comes from recycled car batteries; while lead-acid batteries use over 80 percent of the lead produced in the U.S. As part of the company's commitment to environmental stewardship, Johnson Controls will minimise its environmental footprint within the state by protecting sensitive habitats, managing habitat for wildlife, participating in the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Program, and storm water management.

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Sangeeta Haindl is a staff writer for Justmeans on Social Enterprise. When not writing for Justmeans, Sangeeta wears her other hat as a PR professional. Over the years, she has worked with high-profile organizations within the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors; and won awards from her industry. She now runs her own UK consultancy: Serendipity PR & Media.

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