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

Pyrometallurgical

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:
Greater than 86%*

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

* Independently verified by audit by 2CG Inc.


Learn more about the Financial Considerations of the RMC 3500.


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