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Study finds nearly 100 percent recycling rate for lead batteries

Battery Council International says lead batteries’ 99.3 percent recycling rate makes them the No. 1 recycled consumer product in the U.S.


November 16, 2017

Battery Council International (BCI), Chicago, and Essential Energy Everyday have released a study showing lead batteries have a recycling rate of 99.3 percent, making them the No. 1 recycled consumer product in the U.S.


The groups say the near-perfect rate of recycling is attributed to industry investment in a closed-loop collection and recycling system that keeps 1.7 million tons of batteries out of landfills annually.


The National Recycling Rate Study, released in conjunction with America Recycles Day Nov. 15, 2017, demonstrates the sustainability of lead batteries and their role in environmentally friendly energy storage for automotive and industrial applications, say the organizations.


Mark Thorsby, executive vice president of BCI, says, “Our goal for the lead battery manufacturing process is to collect and recycle and reuse lead batteries and their components. In essence to create a ‘closed-loop industry’ that significantly reduces the demand on global resources.”


Thorsby continues, “On average, a new lead battery is comprised of more than 80 percent recycled lead battery material. Every part of the battery, from lead and plastic to sulfuric acid, is recyclable and reusable in manufacturing new batteries. This reduces the need for new lead mining, reduces waste and helps keep lead out of landfills.” 


In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported that the rate of lead battery recovery was almost 99 percent, the highest recycling rate among other more well-known recycled products, such as newspapers (63 percent), aluminum cans (55.1 percent), tires (40.5 percent), glass containers (32.5 percent) and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles (32.2 percent), the groups note.


“Our country needs energy delivered in an environmentally friendly, safe and affordable manner and the recycling rate our industry has achieved is evidence of our commitment to that goal,” Thorsby adds, “We are proud of this record and the fact that lead batteries provide essential energy storage to power millions of cars, buses, airplanes, trains, and logistic networks as well as backup recovery systems that protect life, investments and data in emergency situations.” 


BCI and Essential Energy Everyday say lead batteries’ applications reduce carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles through start-stop battery technology, help power hybrid and electric vehicles and enable smart grid technology that improves the reliability of wind and solar farms.


The closed-loop process that ensures lead batteries’ high rate of recycling is recognized by the World Economic Forum and MIT’s Center for Transportation and Logistics as the world’s most successful example of a circular economy—featuring the design, production, transportation, recycling, and recovery of vehicle batteries.


The National Recycling Rate Study was produced by SmithBucklin Statistics Group, Chicago, and was commissioned by BCI. The methodology for calculating the recycling rate considers new battery shipments, battery exports, imports of products containing a battery and imports of scrap lead and used batteries.


To view a video of the lead battery recycling process, click here.


Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the importance of lead batteries in people’s daily lives. It is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries: BCI and the International Lead Association, London.


ISRI says National Manufacturing Day highlights recycling’s role in US economy

ISRI says National Manufacturing Day highlights recycling’s role in the US economy

Association says scrap recycling is the first link in the manufacturing supply chain

October 6, 2017

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, joins in the celebration of National Manufacturing Day  Oct. 6, 2017, by highlighting the many positive contributions of the recycling industry to the U.S. manufacturing landscape. In 2016 alone, more than 130 million metric tons of metal, paper, plastic, glass, textiles, rubber, and electronics were manufactured into specification grade commodities by the U.S. scrap recycling industry, the association says.


“National Manufacturing Day helps call attention to the critical role recyclers play in America’s overall economy and the variety of ways recycling affects one’s everyday life,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “The recycling industry is proud to be the first link in the manufacturing supply chain, as it provides a source of raw material to other manufacturers that are environmentally friendly compared to virgin material. In doing so, the industry has become a thriving economic engine, job creator, resource of sustainability, energy savings and global trade.”


ISRI says that since the dawn of civilization and the earliest attempts at manufacturing, humans have recognized the intrinsic value of scrap and the benefits associated with using and reusing existing products to create new goods. As U.S. manufacturing grew and became more complex, scrap recycling became more important, adapting not only to market drivers but also to shifting national priorities in the context of our finite natural resources.


The scrap recycling industry has made many contributions to the U.S. economy, according to ISRI:

  • – generating nearly $16.5 billion in export sales to 155 countries;
  • – directly and indirectly, employing approximately 534,000 workers in 2016;
  • – generating nearly $117 billion annually in economic activity;
  • – drawing in $13.2 billion in revenue for federal, state and local governments; and
  • – lowering energy costs by producing recycled materials that require less energy during the manufacturing process than virgin materials.

National Manufacturing Day, currently in its sixth year, occurs on the first Friday of October. It was created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA) in 2012 and currently is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with contributions and support from the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).



H&C Metals, Inc. Establishes Secure Customer Payment Method for Trucking Services

November 2016: H&C Metals, Inc. is now providing an added accounts payable method for its customers, vendors, and debtors, with a secure, convenient method of payment.

H&C’s customers rely on trucking services provided by H&C’s commercial trucking fleet, including industrial roll-off containers, tractor-trailers, and flatbed trailers, to haul scrap metal from their facilities to H&C’s facility and its sister company, Balemet Recycling in Newark, NJ. When trucking services are required but the value of the cargo being hauled does not compensate for the cost of trucking, trucking can now be easily and privately paid for via an H&C Paypal account. H&C will email its customer an invoice/receipt to be paid for on Paypal. Payment by credit card is fast & reduces additional administrative costs associated with cutting checks.

H&C Metals, Inc. Employees Have Become Licensed To Evacuate Freon From Appliances Designated As Scrap Metal.

H&C Metals, Inc. is pleased to announce that two additional employees have become licensed to evacuate Freon from appliances designated as scrap metal. The Section 608 certification, in keeping with the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act of 1990, is required for the disposing of air-conditioning or refrigeration equipment (appliances). H&C complies with the refrigerant recycling requirements as described in 40 CFR Part 82, Sub Part F, and Section 608 Refrigerant Recycling Rule of the Clean Air Act.

H&C Metals, Inc. Recently Invested in a Yard Management System “Scrap Dragon”

H&C Metals, Inc. recently invested in a state-of-the-art yard management system called Scrap Dragon. This software is designed specifically for the operation of a metal recycling company. The new system became operational on June 2015 & benefits our retail and commercial scrap metal customers in several ways:


-ATM machine: Quickly dispenses cash to customers which reduces the time required to wait to get paid.


-ATM machine provides verbal and written instructions (English & Spanish) on the use of the machine.


-ATM provides self-service convenience; return to the ATM for payment at any time during H&C’s operating hours


-Handwritten, difficult to read scale tickets are replaced by computer-generated, easy-to-read scale tickets


-Professional scale tickets are provided to the customer which include a unique account number, detailed description of their commodities, gross/tare weights as well as the price and extended dollars for each item


-For customer convenience, customers are given a key tag to use as ID whenever they sell scrap at H&C. This eliminates the customer having to search for ID per transaction.


-Scale operators have a new, fast and easy-to-use data entry scrap buying system; this speeds-up the customer’s time at the scale


H&C Metals, Inc. & Balemet Recycling Participates in City of Newark “Slam Dunk The Junk” Cleanup Event

“The City of Newark and New Jersey Clean Communities Council hosted its Twelfth Annual Gateway to a cleaner Newark, citywide cleanup, on October 2, 2014, at Lincoln Park. The City of Newark Dept. of Neighborhood and Recreational Services, organized the event & solicited 500 + volunteers from local businesses, community organizations, schools and residents to team-up to clean-up Newark.

H&C and Balemet provided 2 employees as volunteers. They were provided “Slam Dunk The Junk” Tee-shirts, tools and collection bags for garbage, recyclable materials, and leaves. Lunch was served at the event’s conclusion.

H&C Metals and Balemet have operated in Newark for decades, providing a home for recycled scrap metal and electronic waste to a variety of regional and local business and industry, local government and residents. We are proud to volunteer our services to The City of Newark as their partner in a cleaner environment.”


“UBC Recycling Rate Stands at 66.7 Percent:

September 30, 2014: Three trade associations—the Aluminum Association, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)—have announced jointly that the recycling rate for used aluminum beverage cans (UBCs) reached 66.7 percent in 2013, the third time in a row the rate topped 65 percent.

The Aluminum Association, Arlington, Virginia, notes that the UBC recycling rate averaged 54 percent in the prior decade.”


H&C Metals, Inc. Expands Scrap Removal Services

“H&C enhanced its customer Business-to-Business scrap pick-up services in NJ (& Tri-State area) with the recent purchase of new industrial roll-off containers (dumpsters). Expanding our container inventory benefits our customers who wish to:

  • Improve waste storage & disposal efficiency
  • Expedite exchange of full containers for empty containers
  • Promote new “green” recycling programs

Containers are used for the storage & hauling of Steel, Stainless Steel, Copper, Aluminum, Appliances, White Goods, Brass, Wire, Cans, Lead and Electronic Scrap (E-Scrap) to our scrap metal recycling yards in Newark.

H&C Metals, Inc. and new Social Media Pages and Web site Links

H&C Metals–buyers, processors and recyclers of Scrap Metal and Electronic Scrap, have added H&C Metals pages to Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in and Pinterest. H&C also included convenient links to social media sites on its web site; viewers can keep up-to-date with company developments. Please go to Facebook and click “Like”!


H&C Metals, Inc. Expands Freon Refrigerant CFC Evacuation and Recycling Program

H&C proudly announces it has added to the ranks of its employees who have taken the EPA mandated course & passed the exam necessary to recover refrigerants (earning an EPA 608 Certification). Refrigerant recovery requirements and licensing are regulated by the Federal EPA, Section 608 of the Clean Air Act 1990. Additionally trained personnel translates to H&C’s ability to increase the amount of scrap it purchases and processes. Customers benefit by scrapping with a company who also recovers Freon for reuse.

H&C Metals, Inc., demonstrates its commitment to corporate responsibility, protecting our environment and its customers’ downstream through the creation of new green recycling initiatives. H&C Metals is one of the few scrap metal recyclers in NJ, PA & NY that owns and operates equipment necessary to legally, safely and professionally remove and dispose of Freon gases (CFC refrigerants) from appliances and A/C units which have been scrapped.