March 14, 2019: Construction of what is being billed as the largest lead waste recycling firm in China has begun in Xinhe, China, the Shanghai Metals Market reported on February 25.
The new recycling plant has a potential capacity to recycle 300,000 tonnes of lead batteries and lead-containing waste a year, the report said.
Songhe Recycling Resources’ subsidiary Xingtai Songhe Environmental Technology began building the project on February 23 and aims to produce 200,000 tonnes of secondary lead and lead alloy, plus 45,000 tonnes of plastic raw materials, every year.
The new plant was announced shortly after China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment ordered the country’s lead battery producers to increase their used battery collection rate to 70% by 2025, as BESB reported here.
The Shanghai Metals Market recently reported that Camel, one of China’s largest lead battery makers and recyclers, had begun building a manufacturing and recycling plant in Anhui Province that would make four million kVAh of lead batteries and recycle 200,000 tonnes.
Farid Ahmed, Wood Mackenzie principal analyst, lead markets, said recycled lead production in China was around two million tonnes, with primary production about twice that amount.