The Value of RMC's Process vs. Smelting
For the capital cost of an average smelter, several dozen RMC processing lines can be built and strategically located, resulting in:
- Dedicated battery capacity
- Better environmental performance
- Higher recycling efficiency
- Additional Job creation
- Less GHG emissions
- Less transport from collections
- Less transport of recovered products
- Less than a year to build from time of commission
Using this approach saves money on transportation of whole batteries and end treatment products, by-products and wastes.
RMC's process is a scalable solution, reducing operational and recycling costs as tons collected and treated rise.
RMC 3500 Mechanical Process vs. Smelting
Steel Smelter - 28%1
(Steel & Manganese Recovery)
Zinc Smelter - 18%1
- Steel or Zinc
- Bag house Dust
Consumes High Levels of Energy
Stack GHG emissions
If steel, zinc and manganese are all recycled pyrometallurgically, the best achievable recycling rate is 44%1.
This would mean multiple treatments of the battery waste, further increasing greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption and cost.
1 Verified by Les McLean Consulting Inc.
RMC - Mechanical Process
Greater than 86%*
- Paper/Plastic - Not credited in RMC recycling rate.
Minimal GHG emissions from process
No landfilled waste
Low energy consumption
High upcycled recovery
* Independently verified by audit by 2CG Inc.
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Did you know?
Lead-acid batteries are the oldest rechargeable batteries still in use today. In Canada, over 98% of all Lead-acid batteries are recovered for recycling.
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