Recuperación Ecológica de Baterías, S.L. (Recobat) is a project that began in 1998, thanks to the collaboration between the most important metal recycling company in Spain, Lajo y Rodriguez, S.A. (LYRSA) and a group of professionals with a wide experience in the world of lead products recycling . At Recobat we close the lead life cycle. We recycle automobile batteries and other lead compounds to obtain pure lead ingots and other lead alloys, which are used as raw material mainly by the car battery manufacturers. We carry on the complete process of battery recycling: collection, grinding, separation, melting, refine and/or alloying, combining high performance and effectiveness with an absolute respect for the Environment. In 1998 a plant was put into operation in Pina de Ebro (Zaragoza-Spain) for end-of-life batteries grinding and, after consolidating his activity, in 2006 a complete new grinding and metallurgy plant came into operation in Albalate del Arzobispo (Teruel-Spain).
- Business Type:
- Industry Type:
- Waste and Recycling - Material Recycling
- Market Focus:
- Internationally (various countries)
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The main activity of Recobat S.L. is the recycling of end-of-life batteries and all kind of lead compounds to obtain recycled raw materials that can be fed back into the battery manufacturing process, mainly for the Automobile Industry.
Recobat has a wide truck fleet and container services for withdrawals at client’s premises that allows to render services to small producers and also to intermediate agents.
In both plants, Recobat uses cutting edge technology that totally guarantees the use of the Best Available Techniques.
The team of professionals at Recobat combines the experience in the sector with the youth of the highly qualified and specialised personnel.
Thanks to this team, Recobat develops most of their own technologies and only turns to different companies when the complexity or specialisation requires the participation of professionals from more specific sectors.
For the execution of the battery recycling processes, Recobat uses cutting edge technologies, that enables the treatment of large quantities of this dangerous waste in total compliance with international legislation on safety at work and protection of the Environment.
Recobat maintains a constant up to date certification of its plants and activities in compliance with international standards ISO 14000 certificate on Environmental Management and the ISO 9000 certificate for Quality Management. Recobat is also in the process of obtaining the OSHAS 18000 (Ocupational Safety and Health Administration) certificate governing Health & Safety.
All materials produced are subject to a strict quality control carried out in the laboratory by highly qualified technicians, what guarantees our client’s specifications, in order to reach their maximum satisfaction.
Apart of the guarantees of these Certificates, the Recobat pure lead ingot also has the London Metal Exchange (LME) Certification. This certificate permits our product to be part of the lead negotiated in the London Metal Exchange market at an international level.
Lead has been part of the human civilization for thousands of years. Nowadays is the fourth more used non ferrous metal, because its massive use persists in the developed economies as well as in the underdeveloped.
Lead offers, among other advantages, a very low melting point and an extreme malleability that allows an easy casting, laminating and welding. Lead, as well, presents a very high resistance to corrosion, being numerous the examples of lead products that have lasted for centuries.
The world dependence on lead is basically due to its use in car batteries manufacturing.
In 1970 this application was a 22% of the total use of lead in the western countries and nowadays more than 80% of lead is dedicated to car batteries manufacturing.
The future of lead is inevitably linked to the lead-acid battery. Regarding the batteries, and keeping in mind the present knowledge, it seems very difficult its substitution in the traditional fields, because of its reliability, performance and economy, and also because of the highly efficient lead waste recycling mechanisms.