Since 2003, Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC has been raising the bar for high-volume, environmentally sound battery disposal. The knowledgeable professionals at MCT are widening the niche for battery recycling by reaching out to consumers and making it easier for everyone to keep old batteries out of trashcans and landfills. The environmental hazards of batteries, particularly the more complex rechargeable batteries, have been clear since the 1970s when the first consumer-ready rechargeable batteries became popular. Consequently, more effort has been invested into recycling these batteries, to prevent ecological contamination and a drain on raw materials. In the early days of battery recycling, before programs like MCT, it was difficult to know what to do with the different types of batteries. Sometimes batteries would not get recycled because they were improperly sorted and never made it to the right facility for processing. As technical expertise has improved, battery recyclers like MCT have developed streamlined systems for rendering batteries down to their component parts for reuse in the metals and plastics industries. Batteries contain heavy metals that can be retrieved and recycled using the right melting processes. MCT operates a battery recycling plant in Cartersville, GA, that employs a patented induction furnace melting process to convert the metals in batteries back to useful raw materials, like iron, chromium and nickel, for producing stainless steel and other alloys. These days cell phone and laptop battery recycling is a fast-growing business, accounting for the vast majority of batteries being recycled. When batteries reach MCT for recycling, they go through very specific processes. First, MCT sorts their batteries by chemistry, because each type of battery will yield different metals and must be treated differently. Once the batteries are sorted, the cells are cut open and the combustible materials, mostly insulation and plastic from battery casings, are separated, shredded, or burned away. The remains of the battery cells contain the valuable metals. The battery cells then are chopped up by a machine and melted down in an aerospace grade furnace, to liquefy the metals within. MCT then uses these metal blends to create their proprietary Remelt Alloy, a sought-after stabilizing and hardening alloy used to manufacture stainless steel and other metals.