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


Recycling Rate:
Steel Smelter - 28%1
(Steel & Manganese Recovery)

Zinc Smelter - 18%1

Resources Recovered:

  • Steel or Zinc
  • Slag
  • 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

Recycling Rate: 84%*

Resources Recovered:

  • Zinc
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Steel
  • Paper/Plastic - Not credited in RMC recycling rate.

Minimal GHG emissions from process
No landfilled waste
Low energy consumption
High upcycled recovery

* Audited and verified by CSA Group Guideline - CSA SPE-890-15

Learn more about the Financial Considerations of the RMC 3500.

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Zinc is one of the world's most commonly used metals. Approximately 30% of the zinc today comes from recycled sources. Raw Materials Company is able to recover zinc from the batteries that you recycle. The zinc we recover is then reused as micronutrients in fertilizer to grow corn for biofuel.

As a result of RMC's recycled materials, farmers are able to increase their yields by over 20 bushels per acre. This is important considering our growing population and the need to make efficient use of our existing farmland.

Find out more about our technology and how together we are turning waste into a valuable resource.