Storage advice: Recycling of lead batteries

5/8/19, 5:00 PM -

In addition to the old batteries, scraps and residues are also used. This is followed by refining of the lead bullion according to the customer’s specifications, and finally casting.

The plastics is of great value.

The plastic housing of the lead cells is ground up into chips, which are then fully recyclable. The key purchasers are automotive suppliers that produce plastic parts from it. In addition, the battery also contains acid. This accounts for approximately ten percent of the weight. The acid is separated during the process and is used in the chemical industry as a raw material.

Acid, sodium sulphate and so on

Another recycling product is a sodium sulphate solution produced during the desulphurisation of the lead paste. In a crystallisation plant is processed to anhydrous sodium sulphate, a raw material in the glass and detergent industry.

Composition of a conventional lead-acid battery:
55 % paste (lead compounds)
26 % mesh metal (lead and alloying elements)
10.5 % acid
5 % polypropylene
3.5 % residual plastics fraction

Composition of a conventional starter battery:
55 % lead paste
26 % mesh metal
10.5 % acid
5 % polypropylene
3.5 % residual plastics fractions (HS)

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