Lead Battery Recycling
Lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product on the planet. More than 99 percent of lead batteries are recycled. In comparison, only 67 percent of paper products and only 55 percent of aluminum cans are recycled.
Doe Run’s Resource Recycling facility in Boss, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest single-site lead battery recycling facilities.
We play two important roles for battery manufacturers:
- We provide pure lead and lead alloy metals they need to produce batteries.
- We recycle those batteries at the end of their life to recover metal and plastic that can be used again.
Resource Recycling annually recycles about 460 million pounds of lead-bearing materials, including approximately 13.5 million recycled lead batteries each year. Our lead recycling plant also handles lead bullets and shot, lead-based paint chips, metallic lead scrap and lead bearing residues. It is also one of only a few locations that recovers the lead from cathode ray tubes (CRT’s).
Since 1994, we have recycled approximately 324 million batteries. Placed end-to-end, that’s enough batteries to circle the globe.
Our work at Resource Recycling keeps those batteries out of landfills and puts valuable lead metal back to work.
- Sustainable: Lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the world.
- Essential: Lead batteries connect, power and protect our way of life. They run communications networks and store back-up energy for emergencies.
- Innovative: Partnerships between battery manufacturers, recyclers, universities and energy companies are yielding new applications for lead batteries, like renewable energy. Their use in start/stop vehicle applications have the potential to eliminate 2 million tons of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
- Safe: Lead batteries have a long history of reliable use in critical industries, such as transportation, communications, security, medical and aviation.
Our Lead Battery Recycling Process
Commitment to Excellence
Being Good Neighbors
As part of our commitment to be good neighbors in the community, Resource Recycling continues to reduce its environmental impact. Investments, like our water treatment plant and baghouses, reduce potential emissions. A multiyear, multi-million-dollar update of the lead battery recycling plant’s Breaking, Separation and Neutralization (BSN) system is improving safety and environmental performance. The project also improves processing reliability while reducing operating and maintenance costs – keeping our lead recycling business competitive for years to come.
Each year, Resource Recycling employees support the community by:
- Providing classroom minerals education programs for teachers, students and their families.
- Sponsoring a summer internship program for college students.
- Co-hosting the annual Old Miners’ Days celebration in Viburnum, Missouri, and the Fall Rocks community event in Park Hills, Missouri.
- Donating to local programs, like providing school supplies and hygiene items for area children through Backpack Buddies.
Learn More About the Power of Lead Batteries
“In our industry, recycling materials is vital to sustainability. The more batteries we recycle means less virgin material required for new manufacturing, and less waste making its way into landfills.”
Vincent Coates Jr.
Process Engineer – Buick Resource Recycling