Lead Recycling

Lead scrap

As lead has one of the highest recycling rates of all common use materials today, at ASM Metal Recycling we specialise in the collection and recycling of scrap lead, maximising its recyclable uses in an economical and environmentally friendly fashion.

It is said that 85 per cent of lead is now used in lead batteries, all of which are recoverable and recyclable. In fact, lead-acid batteries are the most recycled consumer product on the planet; and more than half of the lead produced and utilised globally every year has been used previously in other products.

What you need to know about recycling lead

Lead is procured as a natural element from mining. Subsequently, the overall quality of recycled lead is virtually identical to that of primary lead procured as a natural element from mining.

The recycling of lead goes a long way to sustainable development, taking the strain from non-renewable resources and reducing CO2 emissions using energy efficient recovery methods.

In fact, more lead is now being produced through recycling than it is through mining. Primary lead that’s mined is effectively used to ‘top up’ the lead that is already being circulated through efficient recycling.

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The lead-battery recycling process explained

Lead acid batteries

Virtually all parts of a lead-based battery are recycled. Even the polypropylene plastic casing can be utilised elsewhere and the sulphuric acid within the batteries is recovered and recycled into gypsum for use in plasterboard or as fertiliser on agricultural farmland.

So, as more than four-fifths of present day global lead usage is in lead-based batteries, take a look at the recycling process of these:

At the recycling facility

Once the batteries have been transported and unloaded at the recycling facility, the batteries are broken apart and separated into three different components before the recycling process:

  • Plastic
    Plastic casing recovered from battery cases and covers are turned into pellets before being manufactured into new cases and covers.

  • Lead
    The lead ingots from the battery grids and other lead-based battery parts and lead-oxide are used to manufacture lead for recycled grids, parts and lead oxide.

  • Electrolytes
    Electrolytes are used in two different ways:

    1. Sodium sulphate crystals are separated from used electrolytes and recycled and sold for use in textiles, glass and detergents.
    2. Some used electrolytes are reclaimed and reused as part of the manufacture of new lead-based batteries. Some recyclers simply prefer to neutralise the electrolytes and send them away to a water treatment plant.

Get in touch today

If you’ve found a host of end-of-life lead batteries or any other scrap lead, ASM Metal Recycling can give you the best possible prices. Scrap metal prices can change by the day, sometimes by the hour, so we utilise the most advanced digital scales to provide you the most accurate weight and value of your scrap lead, guaranteeing you the fairest price.

What are you waiting for? Contact our friendly team today!