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Lead-Acid Battery Recycling in Baltic Countries. By Ecometal Ltd. Ecometal Ltd. overview. Founded in 1999 Amount of investments made – 6 mil. EUR Production started in 2003 Total capacity of recycling up to 20 000 tons of batteries annually Number of employees – 53 (as of May 2007).

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Lead acid battery recycling in baltic countries

Lead-Acid Battery Recycling in Baltic Countries

By Ecometal Ltd.


Ecometal ltd overview

Ecometal Ltd. overview

  • Founded in 1999

  • Amount of investments made – 6 mil. EUR

  • Production started in 2003

  • Total capacity of recycling up to 20 000 tons of batteries annually

  • Number of employees – 53 (as of May 2007)


Ecometal sales market 2006

Ecometal Sales market (2006)


Products of ecometal

Products of Ecometal

  • Soft Lead

  • Lead Alloys

    Lead/Antimony

    Lead/Selenium

    Lead/Copper

    Lead/Calcium

    Lead/Tin


Ecometal production 2004 2006

Ecometal Production 2004-2006


Recycling in ecometal ltd

Recycling in Ecometal Ltd.

The recycling process in Ecometal Ltd. includes

  • Physical treatment – crushing and separation of different parts of batteries

  • Chemical treatment – washing of the separated parts and chemical neutralizing of the battery electrolyte

  • Thermal treatment – smelting and refining of metal parts of the battery and extraction of the slag generated in process of smelting


Ecometal waste management

Ecometal Waste management

Ecometal Ltd generates and manages the following wastes:

  • Slag – collected and disposed to special land-fill

  • Waste water – and acid is collected, used in process and neutralized. Then forwarded to sewage.

  • Exhaust air from furnace and other – filtered in modern filter-system and forwarded to chimney. Level of waste constantly controlled.


Ecometal environemnt policy

Ecometal environemnt policy

Ecometal AS is modern factory for recycling lead-acid batteries that was created in accordance with the principal goals of the Estonian Environmental Strategy and the Environmental Activity Plan: the development of waste management, decreasing waste production, and the stimulation of recycling. Therefore, environment-friendly activity is one of our main interests and a precondition of our long-term business activities.


Ecometal certificates

Ecometal certificates

  • Ecometal was ISO 14001:2004 certified in 2006

  • EMAS certification is in process


Basic regulations and directives on waste lead acid batteries recovery and shipment

BASIC REGULATIONS AND DIRECTIVES ON WASTE LEAD-ACID BATTERIES RECOVERY AND SHIPMENT

  • GENERAL

  • 1. Directive 2006/12/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5.april 2006 on waste

  • SPECIFIC

  • 2. Directive 91/157/EEC of 18 March 1991 on batteries and accumulators containing certain dangerous substances

  • 3. Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators

  • SHIPMENTS OF WASTES

  • 4. Regulation (EC) No 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste

  • 5. Basel Convention of 22 March on the control of trans-boundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal


Ecometal battery collection market 2006 in tons

Ecometal battery collection market (2006 in tons)


Battery market in baltics

Battery market in Baltics


Main concerns

Main concerns

  • Different systems of Producers Liability implementation in Baltic countries

  • Low level of control on borders over the delivered goods

  • Different requirements for the recyclers in Baltic countries

  • Unfair competition between recyclers and collectors.


How to improve

How to improve?

  • Suggestions for unified battery collection and recycling system in Baltic countries:

    1.All recyclers of the batteries should have same requirements for the technology in use and environmental control over the activity. These requirements should be equal to every company in such field of business and that rule should be applied in all Baltic States equally to meet the requirements of the Battery Directive of the EU

    2.Stronger control over the fulfillment of Basel Convention and relevant EU regulations and directives for movement of hazardous waste between Baltic countries.


How to improve1

How to improve?

Suggestions for unified battery collection and recycling system in Baltic countries:

3. Equal system of Producers Liability should be applied in all Baltic States. It should be concerted and harmonized

4.All information on national licences and permits on recovery or disposal of hazardous waste and hazardous waste import-export permissions should be available in Internet.

5.Authorities should assure the recycling of lead-acid batteries with best available technology by allowing the trans-boundary movement of such waste to the nearest controlled relevant recycler.


Thank you

Thank you!


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