Lead
MAJOR LEAD DEPOSITS ARE TO BE FOUND IN THE RECYCLING INDUSTRY

In the not too far distant future lead mineral deposits will have disappeared and the metal will only be found in scrap metal, mainly in used lead acid batteries.

This ‘lead deposit’ is vast and practically inexhaustible

1,000,000,000 vehicles are on the road of the planet and each vehicle is fitted with a starter battery.
The battery’s life is determined by its use:
• Number of start cycles
• The age of the vehicle
• The local climate
• The local road conditions
• Vehicle maintenance

Battery life ranges from 2-3 years to 6-7 years. If you take 4 years as an average you can easily see the importance of the ‘deposit’.

1,000 vehicles = 250,000,000 batteries with an average weight of 20kg per battery. 5,000,000 tonnes of used lead acid batteries each year, often left in the open and in contact with the environment.

Battery recycling protects our planet, creates jobs and generates wealth.

Recycling 5,000,000 tonnes of Used Lead Acid Batteries per year generates:
• 3,350,000 tonnes of lead (LME lead price: 2100/2200 $US per tonne)
• 300,000 tonnes of polypropylene (average price 300 $US per tonne)
• 1,000,000 m3 of electrolyte (may be commercialised)

Only the polyethylene fraction (separators) is not recycled presently. Annual tonnage: 150,000 tonnes.

Lead Acid Batteries can be recycled again and again, ad infinitum. Battery recycling is profitable but is above all a service to the environment and to humanity. If Lead Acid Batteries are a major source of lead they are also a major source of pollution. Lead Acid Batteries are dangerous and toxic but remain perfectly ‘recyclable’ and are not dangerous when treated with new equipment developed by industry specialists.

Lead Acid Battery recycling remains the only ‘dangerous scrap’ sector to make the fortune of the person who does the recycling, even with a small or very small installation.

To eliminate pollution batteries should be collected and processed locally, so reducing transport costs and storage areas.
International conventions legislate rigorously the transport of Used Lead Acid Batteries.

For the last 44 years, Dross Engineering is one of the rare manufacturers to design and build equipment specifically for recycling non-ferrous metal scrap (lead-aluminium-zinc-copper).

Dross Engineering is able to supply the technical know-how to produce lead from used lead acid batteries (Metal Reduction and Refining).

Dross Engineering has developed a range of breaker-separators to meet market demands: 2.5t/h – 5t/h – 10t/h – 15t/h – 20t/h

Dross Engineering supplies competitively priced equipment with exceptional pay-back times.

Dross Engineering offers innovative, patented, battery processing systems.

The patented system is an improvement on existing procedures:
• Reduced water consumption
• High quality fractions
• Rational installations

Strong points:
• Clean fractions
• Energy savings
• Improved production and ‘quality’ Pb metallics
• High quality Pb paste
• Improved refining conditions
• Reduced water consumption
• Electrolyte processing

Dross Engineering offers their customers exceptional commercial conditions and reduced capital outlay via a partial local fabrication licence agreement for installations of 10t/hour and above.