Where Recycled Material Goes

Our recycling process involves breaking batteries into lead, polypropylene and sodium sulphate and recovering each of these components so that they are reusable materials.

Batteries can be recycled into:

  • 25kg lead ingots

  • Polypropylene pellets

  • Sodium sulphate crystals

Over 97% of the battery is recovered with only a small amount of slag being disposed of. We are actively seeking alternative uses for the slag.

Lead

The lead in ingot form is either exported to our international customers via the Port of Melbourne or transported by road to domestic clients across Australia. The majority of the lead is reused in the production of new lead-acid batteries.

Our facilities have the capability to produce either international standard soft alloy lead or alloys specifically tailored to our client's requirements.

Polypropylene

The raw material produced from plastics is a small bead similar in size to a grain of rice. The products that can be produced from the raw material are varied, but can include:

  • Polypropylene - manufacture of new automotive batteries, flowerpots and housewares

  • Low Density Polyethylene - irrigation pipes, packaging film and builders film

  • High Density Polyethylene - agricultural pipes, "plastic" lumber (WPC) and plastic rubbish bins

Sodium Sulphate

Sulphuric acid from ULAB is converted to become high quality sodium sulphate, which is used in the manufacturing of varied materials including detergents and fertiliser.