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Glencore closes 50-year-old lead smelter in Canada for economic reasons

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:23 -- Paul Crompton

Glencore Canada Corporation will begin decommissioning its Brunswick lead smelter immediately and cease all operations at the Belledune, Canada, facility by the end of the year.

The facility, which opened in 1966, was closed for financial reasons with the company saying the smelter had lost on average $30 million per year for the past three years.

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ILA campaign to tackle lead-acid recycling concerns

Mon, 01/25/2016 - 15:41 -- Paul Crompton
ILA campaign to tackle lead-acid recycling concerns

The lead-acid industry has launched a campaign to educate battery collectors, handlers and sorters across Europe and North America of the threat posed when lithium-ion batteries are mixed with lead-acid in the smelting process.

Mixing the two chemistries during the recycling process, especially when going through the crusher, increases the risk of fire and has been known to cause explosions in plants.

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EXCLUSIVE: Water set to drown lead's recycling reputation

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:37 -- Paul Crompton
Water set to drown lead's recycling reputation

EXCLUSIVEAn American firm has broken ground on the world’s first ‘green’ lead-acid recycling plant as it looks to eradicate smelting’s polluting reputation.

US start-up Aqua Metals is set to enter the commercial recycling industry with its AquaRefining™ technology which aims to replace conventional smelting with a water-based ‘greener’ alternative.

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