The principal source of lead scrap for recycling throughout the world is lead acid batteries. Scrapped lead acid batteries and the associated production plant scrap represents over 90 % of the contained lead available for recycling. Spent automobile batteries represent around 85 % of the total lead acid battery scrap materials. Other lead scrap materials for recycling include – sheaths from telephone and power cable, lead pipe and sheet, weights (particularly automobile and truck wheel weights), printing metals, anodes, residues, dross’s, sludge’s, and dusts.
Some scrap parts contain Lead, a toxic substance and potential pollutant. Scrap catalytic converters contain platinum, a valuable, recyclable metal. Managing scrap metal safely will help prevent pollution at your salvage yard. Lead wheel, weights and battery cable ends are common sources of Lead. Lead is also found in radiators, heater cores, steering columns, soldered parts (circuit boards) and electronic components. Lead can also be obtained from following scrap.
Shall consist of clean Lead solids, free of other materials, such as drosses, battery plates, Lead covered cable, collapsible tubes, type metals, aluminum, zinc, iron and brass fittings, dirty chemical Lead and radioactive materials. Review packaging specifications and regulatory status pertaining to shipping with buyer prior to sale.
Specify whether automotive, industrial or mixed. Also whether they are groups or loose. The only other metallic that might be included could be Lead connectors. To be free of non-metallic, i.e., plastic or rubber, with the exception that separators may be included. Material to be dry. May be bought on an assay basis or a flat price.
Should be clean and reasonably free of other materials such as iron, dirt, harmful chemicals or other metals. To be free of radioactive materials, aluminum and zinc.
Battery Plates shall consist of clean sorted Lead/Lead oxide battery plates and may not contain foreign materials such as plastic, or glass.
Battery Lugs shall consist of solid Lead recovered from used batteries or battery production, must be free of oxide material and may not contain foreign materials such as plastic or glass.
Lead Wheel Weights shall consist of Lead wheel balancing weights, May contain steel clips.
Mixed Common Babitt shall consist of Lead bearings shall contain a minimum 8 % tin.
Lead Covered Copper Cable shall consist of soft Lead covered insulated or insinuated copper wire.
Lead Covered Cable Joints shall consist of soft Lead covered insulated or insinuated copper wire joints.
Lead Dross shall consist of slag, dross, skimming or spilling from Lead meting operations.