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Environment Friendly Processing of Lead Battery Scrap

Careful preservation and protection and management of our natural resources will help sustain our environment for future generations.

Environment Friendly Battery Recycling

By recycling batteries we may be keeping in compliance with current environmental regulations, managing our waste stream properly and limiting our exposure to liability... and setting good example for everyone to keep our environment healthy.

By any measure, Lead-acid batteries and the environment are one of the environmental success stories of our lifetime. More than 98 percent of all battery Lead and plastic is recycled, making the Lead-Acid Battery the recycled Leader of all consumer products.

The life cycle of a Lead-Acid Battery follows a continuous, closed loop. The typical new Lead-Acid Battery is made with 60 to 80 percent recycled Lead and plastic. When a spent battery is collected and returned to a permitted recycler, its Lead and plastic are reclaimed and directed to new battery manufacturing.

Lead-Acid Battery safety efforts by the battery industry have led to the adoption of battery recycling laws in 38 states while five others have disposal bans. What other industry works so hard to steward its product from the beginning of its service life, through distribution, collection of old product, recycling and reclamation, and back to another service life? What other industry takes responsibility to meet stringent environmental regulations that protect the environment while providing a critical recycling service?

Environmental friendly recycling of Lead Waste

Unless we recycle the spent batteries certain toxic components pose a potential risk to the environment and human health. However Environment Friendly Battery Recycling:

  • Saves Energy: It takes less energy to make a recycled battery. In fact secondary Lead bullion, for example, requires four times less energy to make than primary Lead.
  • Saves Natural Resources: By making products from recycled materials instead of virgin materials, we conserve land and reduce the need to mine for more minerals.
  • Saves Clean Air and Water: In most cases, making products from recycled materials creates less air pollution and water pollution than making products from virgin materials.
  • Saves Landfill Space: When the materials that you recycle go into new products, instead of landfills or incinerators, landfill space is conserved.
  • Saves Money and Creates Jobs: The recycling industry and the associated processes create far more jobs than landfill sites or waste incinerators, and recycling is frequently the least expensive waste management option for cities and towns.

Lead Scrap Recycling

Benefits of a Environment Friendly Battery Recycling

  • Keeps all the hazardous metals in one place
  • The metals reclaimed are reused and put back into the manufacturing process to build more batteries
  • The plastic is recycled to be used again
  • The cost of land filling the batteries is saved
  • Good environmental policy
  • Saves natural resources
  • Protects the future
  • Conserves for future generations
  • Countries have gone environmentally bankrupt by not managing their waste products. Recycling helps prevent this from ever happening!

Environment Friendly Battery Recycling

Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth's crust. However, most of the Lead dispersed throughout the environment comes from human activity. Leaded gasoline was one of the major sources of airborne Lead. Other sources of Lead released to the air include burning fuel, such as coal and oil, industrial processes and burning solid waste. The largest use of Lead is in the production of some types of batteries. It is also used in ammunition, ceramic glazes, and medical, scientific and military equipment.

The release of Lead to the air is now less than the release of Lead to the soil. Most of the elevated levels of Lead in soils come from landfills, Leaded paint, mining wastes, ammunition manufacturing, and other industrial activities such as battery production. Lead is removed from the air by rain and, once deposited on soil, usually adheres to soil particles.

The levels of Lead may build up in plants and animals in areas where air, water, or soil are contaminated with Lead. If animals eat contaminated plants or animals, most of the Lead that they eat will pass though their bodies. It is the small amount absorbed that can cause harmful effects. For the general population, most exposure results from eating foods containing Lead or from Leaded paint. Lead can be found in a variety of foods including produce, meats, grains, seafood, soft drinks and wine. Usually, low levels of Lead are found in drinking water. However, the amount of Lead in drinking water can increase if the water supply is acidic, leaching Lead from Lead pipes, solder or brass faucets.

Large numbers of workers are potentially exposed to Lead in the workplace. People employed in Lead smelting and refining jobs, rubber products and plastic industries, steel welding or cutting operations, battery manufacturing plants, construction work, those who work at municipal waste incinerators, pottery and ceramics industries or remove old Lead-based paint may all be exposed. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) require that a worker with a blood-Lead level over 40 ug/deciliter be removed from the area of exposure. A study of workers in a ceramics industry indicated that family members of exposed workers also had elevated blood-Lead levels, most likely because of the dust accidentally brought home by workers

Environment Friendly Battery Recycling

Inhalation is the main pathway of exposure for people whose occupation exposes them to Lead particles. Once in the lower respiratory tract, Lead is almost completely absorbed. Absorption of Lead in adults through ingestion is relatively low, unless ingested while the person is fasting. However, the rate of absorption through ingestion for young children is four to five times higher than for adults. Exposure data is expressed in terms of absorbed dose, usually measured as levels of Lead in the blood.

Estimates of blood-Lead levels for children under five years old indicated that nearly nine percent, or approximately two million children have blood-Lead levels of 10 ug/deciliter or higher, which the Center for Disease Control considers to be the level indicating Lead poisoning.

There is no beneficial purpose for Lead in the human body. Lead has been shown to affect virtually every major organ in the body. The most sensitive organs appear to be the nervous system (particularly in children), the circulatory system and the cardiovascular system. In addition, colic is a consistent early symptom of Lead poisoning. In adults, symptoms of neurological effects include dullness, irritability, poor attention span, headaches, muscular tremors, loss of memory, and hallucinations. The condition may then worsen, sometimes abruptly, to delirium, convulsions, paralysis, coma and death.

In children, many of the same symptoms occur along with hyperirritability and convulsions. There is a greater incidence of permanent neurological and cognitive impairments in children. Even at lower levels without the severe symptoms described above, there may be permanent damage.

A large body of literature clearly indicates that high levels of Lead cause adverse effects on both male and female human reproductive functions. Lead is a teratogen that can cause fetal malformation, a mutagen that can affect both sperm and eggs, and a reproductive toxin that can impair fertility. Women who are exposed during pregnancy have experienced miscarriages and stillbirths. Several studies in males indicates that at moderate blood-Lead levels (40-50 micrograms (ug)/deciliter) sperm production may be affected. Other studies, while of limited sample size or lacking a matched control group, provide evidence for Lead-induced endocrine disturbances and reproductive disjunction in male workers exposed to Lead.

Our goal is to provide pollution free Lead Acid Battery Recycling Plant. Contact Us for a detailed evaluation of your needs.

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