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More Recyclable Than An Aluminum Can: Earth Day Report

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 25, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI / ACCESSWIRE / April 23, 2016 / This Earth Day, the world's most recycled product is hidden in plain sight. It isn't the aluminum can -- and it’s already in most car garages right now.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most recycled product in North America is the lead-acid battery. Lead-acid batteries are recycled over 99% of the time, compared to 70.6% of aluminum cans and 67% of newspapers.

This technology has proven for over 100 years. It starts most cars and safely powers everything from solar-powered homes to trains and forklifts.

Lead-acid batteries aren’t just the most recycled product – roughly 98% of their material can be reused, making them the most recyclable item in North America.

One battery can make new batteries for decades, which means greener energy storage and less waste.

In contrast, many other types of batteries go straight to the landfill at the end of their lifespan.

For instance, experts estimate that 80% of lithium-ion batteries will end up in landfills. Even at the country’s flagship lithium-ion recycling plant, over 40% of material still goes to the landfill. And since recycled materials cannot be used to make new lithium-ion batteries, virgin material has to be mined.

What makes lead-acid batteries so much more recyclable (99%) than any other product?

#1: Recycling is simple, safe, and automated: A lead-acid battery only has a few ingredients, and roughly 70% of its weight is safely enclosed lead. Machines open battery cases or crush batteries into small pieces, and then separate the parts. Plates and connectors are easily recycled or cleaned and recovered. Lead is resmelted and purified, and electrolytes are reprocessed using computerized systems approved and regulated by the EPA.

#2: Lead-acid batteries can be recycled at almost all recycling centers, along with many automotive shops and thousands of other locations. And many locations require you to recycle an existing lead-acid battery to purchase a new one – a closed loop that protects the environment.

#3: Lead has a high market value, which makes it profitable to recycle batteries. That’s why some recyclers will even pay to recycle old lead-acid batteries.

How are lead-acid batteries recycled? 
Lead-acid battery recycling is easy and available nationwide. Contact a local recycling center, the nearest auto mechanic, or visit www.earth911.com orwww.recyclerfinder.com.

About Crown Battery Manufacturing

Crown Battery is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced technology, deep cycle batteries. Every one of Crown’s lead-acid batteries is 99% recyclable and comes from the company’s ISO 9001:2008-certified plant in Fremont, Ohio. The plant incorporates solar panels, wind turbines, high-efficiency robotic welding, and geothermal cooling. http://www.crownbattery.com

Contact:
Tony Zarembski
734.926.5105

SOURCE – “Lead-acid batteries are recycled over 99% of the time…”: EPA’s “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2013 Fact Sheet” 

(http://www.epa.gov/smm/advancing-sustainable-materials-management-facts-and-figures)

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Third Doe Run Mine and Mill Achieves ISO Certification

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Gaining Internationally Recognized Standard Supports Commitment to Sustainable Operations

ST. LOUIS (April 5, 2016) – The Doe Run Company’s (Doe Run) Brushy Creek Mine and Mill near Boss, Missouri, has become the company’s third mine and mill operation to earn certification from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The certification recognizes Brushy Creek Mine and Mill for implementing an environmental management system that meets the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems requirements with the goal of enhancing environmental performance.

“This third-party certification audit supports and confirms Doe Run’s focus on meeting our environmental commitments,” said Mark Yingling, vice president – environmental, health and safety at Doe Run. “Pursuing certifications enhances our programs by bringing an outside expert’s perspective to help us audit and evaluate our techniques, discuss new practices, and work toward continuous improvement where appropriate.”

Brushy Creek Mine and Mill achieved ISO certification over a six-month period, which included a rigorous on-site assessment from a third-party ISO registrar to refine the site’s procedures and enhance environmental performance. As part of ISO certification, Brushy Creek Mine and Mill established specific targets for improvement, which include:

 Increase materials recycling by 5 percent;
 Reduce hazardous waste by 5 percent;
 Construct a water treatment plant, which was completed in 2014; and
 Complete geothermal heating project for the site.

Doe Run plans to complete quarterly assessments and annual registrar checks to maintain certification. These ongoing audits validate that new processes are maintained to meet the site’s established targets.

“Achieving ISO certification requires collaboration across the organization to uncover the areas where we have opportunity to improve environmental performance processes,” said Samantha Anderson, an environmental programs manager at Doe Run who oversaw the certification process. “We learned many best practices from our previous ISO experiences, so we were able to improve procedures more quickly at Brushy Creek Mine and Mill. By standardizing many of our environmental processes, we have been able to operate more efficiently.”

Doe Run’s Sweetwater Mine and Mill and Fletcher Mine and Mill also have achieved ISO certification. The company is now pursuing certification to support continuous improvement of its environmental management systems at Buick Mine and Mill.

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Lead batteries to play a significant role in the future of smart power in the UK

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, March 7, 2016

For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager, Tolliday@ila-lead.org tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090

(LONDON, 04 March, 2016) The International Lead Association (ILA) has welcomed calls for a smart energy revolution in the UK and highlighted the importance that lead batteries must play to achieve the goals of cost savings and reduced carbon emissions.

The report Smart Power, published by the National Infrastructure Commission today, says that a flexible smart power system could result in the UK saving up to £8.1 billion a year by 2030 and highlights the need to store more energy from intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar.

ILA’s Managing Director Dr Andy Bush, said: “If the UK is to become a world leader in electricity storage systems, as this report recommends, then lead batteries will need to play a significant role in that strategy.

“While other battery technologies tend to grab more of the headlines, lead batteries have consistently delivered in energy storage applications.”

Lead batteries offer a unique and much sought-after combination of affordable, reliable, safe and sustainable energy storage and are the most widely used electrochemical system globally - from utilities, microgrids and renewable energy to individual home storage, as well as in automotive applications.

Recent exciting innovations are now putting this tried and tested technology at the forefront of attempts to revolutionise the way we store and use energy.

With a long life cycle and reliable supply chain, lead battery technology is one of the most cost effective energy storage solutions for industrial applications and home storage, boasting the lowest cost of energy and power output per kilowatt-hour (about £100/kWh).[1]

As well as their cost advantages, lead batteries have a proven safety record and are the recycling success story of our time with collection and recycling rates of 99% in Europe and the U.S.  This makes them the most recycled consumer product with an infrastructure for collecting, transporting and recycling that no other technology can match.

Lead batteries are also used in virtually all vehicles produced globally and are needed to start the engine and supply the complete electrical system. Furthermore, advanced-lead batteries are used in all micro and mild-hybrid vehicles utilising start-stop technology which achieve significant savings of CO2 emissions.  Lead batteries may also be used in the future for advanced hybrid applications increasing the potential for further CO2 savings.

About ILA

The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. 

ILA takes a leadership role in promoting responsible care and educating society about the benefits of lead for today’s and future generations. Recent studies have shown that lead-based batteries achieve a recycling rate of 99% in the EU and USA.

With offices in the UK and USA, ILA provides a range of technical, scientific and communications support for member companies, downstream users and the wider lead industry. ILA also supports the development of lead-based batteries through the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium which manages the research, development and promotion of lead batteries for markets such as hybrid electric vehicles, start-stop automotive systems and grid-scale energy storage applications. www.ila-lead.org



[1] The Tesla PowerWall costs $430/kWh for the 7 kWh version and $350/kWh for the 10 kWh version. In comparison, a lead battery would be significantly less expensive at $150/kWh whilst still providing the same benefit.

 

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Battery Council International Response to Proposal to Cleanup Former Exide Battery Recycling Facility

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

CHICAGO -- Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice President of Battery Council International, responded with the following statement to Governor Brown’s announcement Wednesday on funding for cleanup near the former Exide Battery Recycling facility in Vernon, Assemblywoman Garcia’s related announcement Wednesday on supportive legislation and today’s announcements at the Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights. 

“The lead battery industry is strongly committed to assuring a healthy environment for our neighbors and our workers.  In fact, lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the world. More than 99% of all lead in batteries used in North America is recycled.  Our closed-loop process is critical to ensuring the safety and sustainability of these essential products.   We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature to assure ongoing, safe battery recycling and prompt attention to public health concerns.  

We also expect to work cooperatively with DTSC as it responds to the Governor’s announcement and commitment to site cleanup. 

Lead is a metal that is used in the manufacturing of batteries for many uses.   Some are well known: starting automobiles, trucks, lawn and garden equipment, snow and water sport vehicles, motorcycles and golf carts.  But lead batteries also make possible the “start-stop” vehicle control systems that are helping vehicle manufacturers meet Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards and reduce air emissions. And they play a crucial role in supplying backup power for cell phone towers, hospitals and data storage servers.

The majority of Americans rely on lead batteries in some way every day, and we are committed to manufacturing and recycling them in ways that do not compromise workers or public health.

For decades, we have strongly supported legislation that removes impediments to recycling, and look forward to working with Assemblywoman Garcia, President Pro Tem de Leon and other leaders in the legislature to bring improvements to California’s statutes.”

 

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Lead and Lead Battery Industries Join Forces to Initiate Pro-Lead Battery Campaign for Europe and North America

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, February 11, 2016

The International Lead Association (ILA), EUROBAT, Battery Council International (BCI), and Association of Battery Recyclers (ABR) have announced the formation of a new strategic alliance. Its goal: advancing the cause of lead batteries in the face of the challenge of competing chemistries and associated technologies.

Although the four organisations have been working informally together for some time, the alliance — which had to be approved by the leadership of each association — has created a common action plan for the year, centred around lead batteries, with duties assigned between the members.

The four organisations have agreed on a joint strategy that would be focused on three objectives — ensuring that lead batteries are regarded as the future product of choice, that the benefits of lead-based products and in particular lead batteries are recognised more widely outside the industry, and that regulation on batteries is proportionate to the risks that lead poses to health and the environment. 

The first targets of the programme are Europe and North America, which is where the associations are most strongly represented - the research work of the US-based Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, now part of the ILA, is also included in the remit.

Dick Amistadi, Chairman of ABR, said: “This alliance is good news for ABR and will means there will be a greater co-ordinated effort to support the lead recycling industry in North America.” 

Mark Thorsby, Executive Vice-President of BCI said: “This alliance ensures a more rapid response to industry challenges around the world and, at the same time, presents opportunities for greater efficiency and effectiveness among the four associations, including the lead and lead battery industries communication programs aimed at stakeholders in North America.”  

Alfons Westgeest, Executive Director of EUROBAT, said: “We are glad to be part of this strategic alliance. For many years EUROBAT and its members have been deeply involved in government affairs and more and more proposals made and decisions taken in Europe are affecting the global battery market.  This drives the need to exchange policy topics with our global partners.  We want the EU to recognize lead-based batteries are very viable solutions that offer services for industrial, energy storage and automotive applications.”

Andy Bush, Managing Director of ILA, said: “We are delighted to be part of this alliance which fits perfectly into ILA’s wider strategic goals to support the lead industry and ensure lead batteries are the future product of choice.”

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For further information contact: Bob Tolliday, ILA Communications Manager,Tolliday@ila-lead.org tel: +44 (0) 20 7833 8090 

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About ILA

The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. 

ILA takes a leadership role in promoting responsible care and educating society about the benefits of lead for today’s and future generations. Recent studies have shown that lead-based batteries achieve a recycling rate of 99% in the EU and USA.

About EUROBAT

EUROBAT is association for the European manufacturers automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has 52 members from across the continent comprising more than 90% of the battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility, renewable energy storage and demand response services.

About Association of Battery Recyclers

ABR is a group of companies involved in lead battery recycling. The members of the association share a dedication to environmental and community responsibility. We are committed to upholding all applicable laws and regulations for the safety of the public, our employees and the environment.

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The Doe Run Company Cuts Mine Production

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, February 1, 2016

The Doe Run Company Cuts Mine Production

St. Louis - The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) today announced it will reduce mine production at its Missouri lead mining district for 2016, effective immediately. This represents an annual reduction of approximately 20,000 tons of lead-contained in concentrates and lesser amounts of zine and copper. 

Doe Run owns and operates the world's second largest lead mining district, which is located in southeast Missouri. 

Joe Hansen, vice president - sales and marketing for Doe Run, said, "Our reduced production represents about 10 percent of the lead-contained output we normally produce in a year. We will work with our customers over the next several days to make necessary adjustments in our product delivery." 

"Decisions that impact our workforce and customers are never easy," stated Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO of Doe Run. "We have taken this action as a result of depressed metal prices and increased operational and regulatory costs. We will continue to explore opportunities to reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies so we can address the changing market."

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Energy Battery Announces Dates and Location for the 2016 Energy Battery Group Annual Meeting and Convention

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, January 29, 2016

Energy Battery Group, Inc selects Boston, Ma. for its 20th annual meeting and convention.
Marietta, Georgia (PRWEB) January 07, 2016 -- Energy Battery Group, Inc. http://www.energybattery.com, a global leader in battery manufacturing and distribution, is pleased to announce that its twentieth annual meeting and convention has been scheduled for August 2-6, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. This year’s venue is the Westin Copley Place, an iconic Back Bay Boston Hotel. 

The Energy Battery Group Annual Meeting has evolved into the premier battery show for distributors and manufacturers alike. “Our convention is a great mix of education, networking, discounted buying opportunities, and entertainment,” said Rick Hallock, President of Energy Battery Group. According to Hallock, “Last year alone, Energy Battery Group distributors saved in excess of 1.8 million dollars by placing orders at the show from authorized vendors offering show only discounts.” 

The Energy Battery convention format allows vendors to give small group presentations to each distributor attending. According to John Semenuik, Vice President of NorthStar Battery, “Our sales team is able to meet face-to-face, share what’s new on a first-hand basis, as well as learn what is working and what is not with our partners – which is simply invaluable.” Tammy Cooper, Customer Service Supervisor with Yuasa Battery adds, “This is a great opportunity for us to be able to sit down and spend time with EBG distributors, write orders and discuss our products face-to-face.” 

For Energy Battery Group distributors, the annual meeting provides opportunities to network with their peers, learn about new products, attend seminars on new ways to conduct business in an ever changing business climate, and of course to have fun! The City of Boston, rich in our country’s history, offers numerous opportunities to explore and experience first- hand where America’s fight for freedom began. Distributors are encouraged to bring their families to share in this amazing city and to take part in the first class entertainment provided as part of the convention.

About Energy Battery Group, Inc.
Energy Battery Group was founded in 1996 and is a privately held US company with corporate offices in Marietta Ga., Also maintaining administration offices in Yukon OK. Is currently involved in the manufacturing and distribution of batteries, stored energy products, battery related products & renewable energy. Energy Battery Group now manufactures and distributes products from over 190 distribution centers in the United States, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. Information on the company can be found at http://www.energybattery.com

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Registration is Open for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Register for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

 Join over 600 battery industry professionals in San Antonio, May 1-3, for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. Discover new products and innovations, gain insights from industry experts and connect with more than 50 exhibitors.

Members must log in to their BCI account to receive member pricing. If you have trouble accessing your account, please contact Gena Parsons

 

Book Your Housing

Book your room at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. Reservations should be made no later than Monday, March 28, 2016. Mention you are with the BCI Convention in order to receive the group-discount rate. 

Share Your Innovations

Submissions are now open for The Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award! The award will celebrate innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry. The deadline to submit is February 12, 2016. 

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BCI's New Look

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, December 28, 2015
Battery Council International (BCI) has opened a new chapter. A new brand identity was unveiled and, the introduction of a new logo celebrates the recyclability of lead batteries and communicates our industry's global nature. This new logo represents the dynamic, innovative nature of the lead battery industry, commonly assumed to be stagnant and mature. Our members are proud of lead batteries' image as a solid, steadfast product, and BCI's new brand showcases their clean, sturdy makeup and cradle to cradle design.

The new brand is evident in the launch of our new website, which is designed to serve the needs of members, general industry constituents and consumers. The reorganization of the members' only side of the site allows BCI members to easily access BCI's member directory, white papers, committee minutes, regulatory and legislative updates, an archive of The Energy Beacon, statistical reports and other useful industry materials. Industry members can quickly obtain information on environmental regulations, state recycling laws and the most recent recycling rate study. The newest addition to the website is a link to a consumer microsite catering to the needs of your customers. The site serves as a one stop shop for consumers and answers questions such as "what is a lead battery?" and "are lead batteries safe?" within an easy to navigate site. I encourage you to link back to BCI's new website and consumer microsite from your company's page.   

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to BCI, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to a successful year in 2016 as our organization continues to build on the momentum of our constantly evolving industry!

 
Mark O. Thorsby
Executive Vice President
Battery Council International

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Save the Date for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Join us May 1-3, 2016 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, TX for the BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo. It is the place to gain cutting-edge industry information, engage in face-to-face conversations with exhibitors and network with 600+ industry professionals. Registration will open in January 2016. 

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