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QUESTION: Lead safety within Australia & in the international trade in lead scrap recycling including lead acid battery recycling - 10 Jul 2007 NSW, Australia

Dear Sir,

I appreciate for the website constructed by your esteemed organisation. I would like to introduce my self as an international student doing MBA in International Business from Sydney and regards to Lead Acid Battery Scrap Recycling we have our own recycling manufacturing plant which is passed by all Pollution Control Boards as well as Ministry of Environment and the Director Mr. Pug of India Lead Zinc association a Government organisation has encouraged me explore new avenues of our cost-effective and sophisticated technology in the international market. So, I chose to get an international MBA degree and lay down the platform of our successful technology as Lead Recycling is becoming a critical issue in many countries.

Currently we are processing / recycling 200 tons of Lead acid battery scrap per month due to shortage and ban on import of battery scrap in India but we have the capacity to design a Lead Recycling plant where we can recycle more then 1500 tons of Lead acid battery scrap with a well designed Rotary furnace with an integrated Air Pollution Control System. We are soon planning to start a production facility in the African region.

So, if there is any scope of Recycling Lead acid battery scrap in Australia we can render our professional expertise in the field of designing, installation and operations or we can also buy scrap for our forthcoming Lead plant in Africa.

I also have some photographs of the Lead plant and Air pollution control system if your organization wants to have a look.

Look forward to hear from you.

Thanks and Best Regards

Tarun Sabherwal

0432398682

ANSWER: 10 Jul 2007

Dear Tarun,

Thanks for your very interesting email. I would gladly ask our webmaster to create a link to your company website for our Lead Companies Links page at www.lead.org.au/lmcos.html - so please email me the details by using the form on our website at www.lead.org.au/lk.html

It is my understanding that anyone wishing to export lead scrap for secondary recycling from Australia, must apply for a licence to do so. After you check out Hazardous Waste Act permits, please contact Bob Angel, Hazardous Waste Section, Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW), direct phone 62741627, Hazardous Waste switch phone 62741411, [email protected] about getting the licence.

Currently, batteries can only be legally exported from Australia to one secondary recycler - Exide at Petone in Wellington in New Zealand.

As for your professional expertise in the field of designing, installation and operations, you may be interested to know that aside from the two Australian Refined Alloys (ARA) lead acid battery recycling plants (one in Melbourne and one in Sydney), two new lead acid battery recycling plants are being developed in Australia - both are in the state of NSW:

Hydromet Lead Acid Battery Recycling Plant at Unanderra in Wollongong. See HydroMet Produces Upgraded Lead Products from Battery Scrap as a Clean Feed for Secondary Lead Refining Operations or phone 42711822.

Renewed Metal Technologies Pty Ltd Lead Acid Battery Recycling Plant at Wagga Wagga. Contact Ian Davies on [email protected] or phone 98763566.

I am told that Australian scrap metal recycling companies do their own in house Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) training but I am only aware of one factsheet about lead safety in scrap metal trades: see "Preventing Lead Poisoning in Scrap Metal Recycling" by Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) for Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (DLI) in the USA. 

If you have any information on lead safety that you give to your workers, I'd be very pleased to receive a copy for our library.

I will also email you our Info Pack on lead safety at work and send you an invitation to join our LeadWorkers egroup where you can share information and ask questions of other people who work with lead.

I wish you the best in achieving lead safety in the lead scrap recycling trade.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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