Lead Recycling

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. It is a soft and malleable heavy metal and its chemical element symbol is Pb and atomic number 82. Lead can be toxic to animals and humans causing health problems, but also it does have some beneficial uses.

Where is Lead Found?

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the soil, the water, the air, and even inside our homes. A wide variety of products found in our homes has lead or lead compounds found in them, including ceramics, paint, pipes and plumbing materials, gasoline, solders, ammunition, cosmetics, and batteries. Most of our exposure to lead comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels, lead-based paints, industrial facilities, and leaded gasoline.

What are the different types of scrap lead?
  • Clean Soft Lead
  • Lead Batteries
  • Lead Zinc Wheel Weights
Recycling of lead batteries

Approximately 85% of the lead used today is found in batteries (often lead-acid batteries), all of which can be recycled and recovered for use in new products. Its estimated that 47% of the worlds lead production results from lead secondary smelting. Lead-acid batteries are by far the most fully recycled of all consumer products.

Environmental gains of recycling lead
  • Recycled lead takes less than 25% of the energy required to produce lead from ore extraction.
  • Recycling of lead has a smaller carbon footprint than mining, conserves ore reserves, and reduces the amount of waste associated with primary extraction.
  • Recycling can recover more than 97 % of the lead and plastic in a lead-acid battery.
  • Reclaimed materials can account for 60-80% of the lead and plastic in a “new” lead-acid battery.
  • Reduces the amount of lead from batteries ending up in landfills.
  • Lead recycling has a closed-loop lifecycle meaning that it can continue indefinitely.
Lead Recycling for Commercial Businesses in the UK

We collect, purchase and recycle non-ferrous metals including lead from businesses across Kent. If your business produces any of the mentioned scrap waste, sending them to recycling centres can be an additional source of profit for your organisation. UK legislation requires manufacturers and distributors to ensure batteries are collected and reused wherever possible, failure to comply can potentially result in being fined.

Give Reclamet a call today on:
Tel: 01843 823554 / 01843 823224
Scrap metal types

Further reading about lead:
Lead – Wikipedia

Lead Sheets
Scrap Lead
Lead Scrap
Lead Roofing

Lead Recycling

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. It is a soft and malleable heavy metal and its chemical element symbol is Pb and atomic number 82. Lead can be toxic to animals and humans causing health problems, but also it does have some beneficial uses.

Where is Lead Found?

Lead can be found in all parts of our environment – the soil, the water, the air, and even inside our homes. A wide variety of products found in our homes has lead or lead compounds found in them, including ceramics, paint, pipes and plumbing materials, gasoline, solders, ammunition, cosmetics, and batteries. Most of our exposure to lead comes from human activities including the use of fossil fuels, lead-based paints, industrial facilities, and leaded gasoline.

What are the different types of scrap lead?
  • Clean Soft Lead
  • Lead Batteries
  • Lead Zinc Wheel Weights
Recycling of lead batteries

Approximately 85% of the lead used today is found in batteries (often lead-acid batteries), all of which can be recycled and recovered for use in new products. Its estimated that 47% of the worlds lead production results from lead secondary smelting. Lead-acid batteries are by far the most fully recycled of all consumer products.

Environmental gains of recycling lead
  • Recycled lead takes less than 25% of the energy required to produce lead from ore extraction.
  • Recycling of lead has a smaller carbon footprint than mining, conserves ore reserves, and reduces the amount of waste associated with primary extraction.
  • Recycling can recover more than 97 % of the lead and plastic in a lead-acid battery.
  • Reclaimed materials can account for 60-80% of the lead and plastic in a “new” lead-acid battery.
  • Reduces the amount of lead from batteries ending up in landfills.
  • Lead recycling has a closed-loop lifecycle meaning that it can continue indefinitely.
Lead Recycling for Commercial Businesses in the UK

We collect, purchase and recycle non-ferrous metals including lead from businesses across Kent. If your business produces any of the mentioned scrap waste, sending them to recycling centres can be an additional source of profit for your organisation.

UK legislation requires manufacturers and distributors to ensure batteries are collected and reused wherever possible, failure to comply can potentially result in being fined.

Other Lead Types and Usages

Pure Lead, Corroding Lead, Common Lead, Chemical Lead, Acid-Copper Lead, Pig Lead, Copper-Bearing Lead, Lead-Calcium, Calcium-Lead, Calcium-Tin-Lead, Arsenical Lead, Lead – Strontium Alloys, Lead – Tin Alloys, Lead – Antimony Alloys, Lead – Lithium Alloys, Lead – Indium Alloys, Lead – Copper Alloys, Lead – Cadmium Alloys, Lead – Calcium Alloy, Lead – Barium Alloys, Lead – Arsenic Alloys, Pure Leads, Lead – Silver Alloys, Lead-Acid Storage Batteries, Grid Plates, Posts, Connector Straps, Ammunition, Cable Sheathing, Building Construction Materials, Sheet, Pipe, Solder, Caulking Wool, Counterweights, Battery Clamps, Bearings, Ballast, Gaskets, Type Metal, Terneplate, Foil, X-Ray Shielding, Fire Sprinkler Systems, Battery Grids, Printing Industry, Cable Sheathing, Lead Sheathing, Lead Sheet, Roofing, Flashing, Shower Pans, Flooring, X-Ray And Gamma-Ray Protection, Vibration Damping, Soundproofing, Chemical Industries, Seamless Pipe, Lead Pipes, Plumbing, Water Distribution System, Lead Foil, Tin-Lead System, Tin-lead Solders, Bullet Cores, Terne Coatings, Long Terne Steel Sheet, Wrought Calcium Lead, Antimonial Lead, Lead-Base Babbitt Metals.

Give Reclamet a call today on:
Tel: 01843 823554 / 01843 823224
Scrap metal types

Further reading about lead:
Lead – Wikipedia

Lead Roofing
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