Lead (chemical symbol Pb) is a unique material for scrapping and recycling as it can be reused an infinite number of times. In fact, according to the statistics, currently more of it is obtained from recycling than from mining.
Since lead mostly finds its application in batteries, increasing their lifetime through recycling is a great environmental solution. Lead-acid batteries have become an inseparable part of renewable energy storage systems, such as solar panels and wind farms. They are widely used in electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as for an emergency power supply in hospitals and other public institutions.
Due to its characteristics (density and malleability are some of them),lead is used in the industries that deal with radioactive substances as a radiation shield, such as nuclear plants, chemical laboratories, etc.
Lead is incredibly resistant to corrosion and is highly durable. Regions with extreme or severe natural climates rely on lead and its alloys. Underwater communication cables and roof cladding are the example of such applications.
The value of lead scrap depends largely on its type. It can be soft and mixed soft/hard.
Soft lead scrap is basically the metal that is free of any kind of impurity, such as oily or fatty pollutants and other metals. It comes mainly from lead cables after they have been stripped of their insulation jackets. This type of Pb scrap is traded at the highest prices as it requires minimum refinement and the quality of this lead is practically identical to its pre-recycled state.
Mixed lead scrap has both soft and hard parts and might also contain antimony. Its scrapping cost per pound is lower.
Since excessive amounts of lead can be toxic and poisonous, its scrapping must be done carefully, with all of the necessary safety measures observed. Contact your local Greener Recycling scrap yard to get professional assistance in recycling and the most recent purchase rates.