Written on February 21, 2014 at 5:40 pm
Managing Waste Batteries
These days, waste management is a serious matter for workshop and motor factor alike, so when it comes to the responsible disposal of batteries, they both have to understand their environmental responsibilities and ensure batteries are disposed of legally.
However, on the positive side (no pun intended!) they should also be aware that they can benefit financially from responsible battery disposal as batteries have a growing scrap value.
As well as being the UK’s largest automotive battery distributor, Manbat Ltd is a member of the ECOBAT Technologies group of companies, which also includes specialist waste battery businesses and its own lead smelting mills.
ECOBAT is the world’s largest producer of lead, which is processed through its 13 lead facilities located strategically across the globe. More than 80% of its total lead production comes from recycled lead and this means that it annually converts literally thousands of tons of lead waste into high quality lead products such as ingots, strip, wire and shot through its efficient smelting operations.
Within the worldwide ECOBAT Technologies group there are several individual businesses that specialise in areas that complement ECOBAT’s core lead smelting origins. Therefore, there are those that produce lead commodities such as rolled lead sheet products, which are primarily used in the construction industry, others like Manbat that distribute finished products to a multitude of business sectors and still others like G & P Batteries, that concentrate on the collection and disassembly of products that contain lead.
This spread of businesses allows ECOBAT Technologies to apply what it describes as a ‘closed recycling loop’ for lead acid batteries, which it operates in the following way.
Among its many customers are large-scale battery manufacturers and these companies purchase huge quantities of ECOBAT’s lead ingots, which they then process to form the plates that go into their batteries. Their finished products are then distributed nationally through Manbat’s comprehensive branch network to wholesalers and battery specialists who in turn need a legitimate outlet for the waste batteries they collect from their customers when they supply a new battery.
These scrap batteries are collected by G & P Batteries, the country’s leading waste battery collection specialist, who dismantle the batteries into their core elements, the lead from which goes back into the lead smelting process.
However, it is not just the lead that is recycled: the sulphuric acid from the battery’s electrolyte is converted into gypsum for the construction industry and the cases are reprocessed into polypropylene, which is a highly sought after element for many industries. This closed recycling loop waste management policy ensures that 99.97% of each battery collected is recycled.
The numerous incidents of metal theft that have affected rail commuters and church congregations over the last two or three years have been well documented, but the main reason for both is the relatively high value of scrap metal.
For the aftermarket this rise has meant that there is money to be made from scrap batteries, but to ensure that the trade remains the right side of The Treasury as well as the environment, the right battery partner is vital.
Manbat believes it provides a scrap battery-recycling scheme that is the benchmark for the industry. It can offer its customers a complete service that not only takes the worry out of battery waste, but can also turn that waste into extra profits, which can be ploughed back into the business.
By working alongside its sister company G & P Batteries, Manbat is able to offer its customers a complete ‘battery sales through to waste management service’, which means that all its customers’ environmental responsibilities are fulfilled and certified.
For further details, please call Manbat Customer Services on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.manbat.co.uk