Site DescriptionDTSC is currently administrating closure of the Exide site. Exide received used lead-acid batteries and recycled them to recover lead for other uses. The plastic components were recycled by KW Plastics of California in Bakersfield. The sulfuric acid was neutralized and used in the wastewater treatment system.
Exide had 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 recovered lead from lead bearing plant scrap and secondary materials, primarily from lead-acid battery manufacturers.