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RSR: Mexico’s lead battery recycling plans are too lax

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:22 -- Laura Varriale
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Mexico’s plans on secondary lead smelting regulations are too weak to cope with the high amount of used car batteries in Mexican factories, according to US lead-acid battery recycler RSR.

The proposal wants to set limits for lead emissions from the exhaust stacks of secondary smelters. According to RSR, almost one billion pounds of spent lead acid batteries are exported to Mexican recyclers each year.

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Germany takes on Ghanaian lead-acid recycling

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:01 -- Ruth Williams

Ghana and Germany have begun an agreement for Germany to recycle lead-acid batteries from the West African nation as part of an initiative for sustainable interdependence between Europe and Africa.

The first shipment of 20 tons of used batteries has successfully been processed in Germany, by Johnson Controls at its Krautscheid plant. A local recycling firm collected and packaged the used SLI batteries from passenger vehicles and trucks for export. Transportation was arranged by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to be recycled in an environmentally sound way under the “Global Circular Economy of Strategic Metals: Best of Two Worlds (Bo2W) approach”.

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ECOBAT increases battery collection in Germany

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 17:12 -- Ruth Williams

Ecobat Technologies, provider of closed-loop recycling of lead-acid batteries, has purchased a German battery collection division called Must GmbH. The acquisition of Must, based in Vienenburg, Lower Saxony, increases Ecobat’s presence across Germany.

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Exide Technologies say goodbye Texas hello India

Fri, 07/20/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

Exide Technologies' battery recycling plant in Frisco, Texas US, is to close by the end of this year after a battle by city residents over environmental issues.

The company is now being sued by two environmental groups concerned about the impact the plant has had on the health of the population. 

The groups feel regulators failed to take action on violations being committed at the plant as found on inspections.

"There are chronic contamination problems at Exide that still pose a hazard to Frisco residents and property. There's also a long history of law-breaking that the company must be held accountable for," said Colette McCadden, secretary of Frisco Unleaded.

Exide has been a target of critics in recent years because of lead emissions that exceed the US federal air-quality standard. That standard was tightened in 2008 because of mounting research into the dangers of exposure to the toxic metal at very low levels.

Exide are ceasing operation at the end of this year and the city is buying the land to re-generate.

Things are looking better for the company elsewhere however. In India Exide are planning to expand their manufacturing capacity. They will focus upon the invertor segment as opposed to automotive batteries.


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