March 28, 2019: The Chinese authorities have reiterated their determination to stamp out illegal lead battery recycling, telling a press briefing on March 28 that more investigations would be carried out to stop backyard recyclers.
The Shanghai Metals Market reported that the Ministry of Ecology and the Environment would launch a new round of probes with the country’s police — the Ministry of Public Security — into the illegal collection and dismantling of lead acid batteries and lead smelting.
The reiteration comes two months after the MEE published its Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Used Lead Acid Battery Pollution, which set targets for lead battery collection rates to rise to at least 40% by 2020. The SMM says the current rate is not more than 30%.
Ideally an official collection network for ULABs would be in place by the end of 2020 ‘to promote the development of a standard and orderly battery recycling system and control the pollution caused by used lead-acid batteries’, the MEE said.
In March 2017, the information agency S&P Global Platts reported that China had more than doubled its output target for recycled lead to 2.5 million tonnes by 2020.