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Date: Wed Jul 08 1998 - 09:14:00 EDT

Date: Wed, 8 Jul 98 14:14 WET DST
Subject: Re: Battery recycling processes (Alejandro Cimadoro)

July 8, 1998

Dear Alejandro Cimadoro,

Alkaline and Nickel-Cadmium batteries contain toxic metals, have potentially ignitable, corrosive and explosive capacities and can't be recycled in the US except in a facility regulated for hazardous materials. Storage is a problem too, since these batteries frequently have residual charges that can make theem dangerous if imporperly stored. Can they be recycled? Yes, but by a firm that knows the laws and regulations only.
Battery scrap processwing systems most often include a Hammermill crusher, and an oxide conveyer and removal classifier, heavy mettals segregator, and other technology. Heavy metals must be handled in very specific ways regulated by states and by US EPA. Effluents must be treated and must have wastewater permits.
This is not a job for a novice.

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