Doe Run to support America Recycles Day


Mining and metals company Doe Run announced its support for America Recycles Day on November 17, claiming it recycles 13.5 million lead batteries every year.

Since 1994, when Doe Run was bought by Renco Group, an investment holding group, Doe Run says it has recycled 324 million lead batteries — which would be enough to circle the globe.

“Approximately 85% of the lead we recycle goes back into batteries,” said Tammy Stankey, senior communications liaison at Doe Run. “The remainder is used for ammunition, radiation protection (medical, military etcetera), and a lesser amount is used in construction, manufacturing and the energy industry.”

Doe Run began life as the St Joseph Lead Company in the 1870s, when it used diamond drilling technology to explore large bodies of ore in an area that is today known as the Old Lead Belt in southeast Missouri.

Six of the mines set up then are still operating today.

In 1981, the Fluor Corporation bought the St Joseph Lead Company, before merging in 1986 with Homestake Mining to form Doe Run.

Five years later, the recycling facility was made out of a primary lead smelter in Boss, Missouri, and named the Buick Resource Recycling Division. It is still one of the world’s largest single-site lead recycling facilities.

The company also has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona.

Lead recycling is bound to feature prominently on the first World Recycling Day, which was set for March 18 next year at a world recycling convention organized by the India-based Bureau of International Recycling  in New Delhi in October.

BIR president Ranjit Singh Baxi said the website had also been set up dedicated to the day,