Quemetco’s Reclamation Process
Approximately 85 percent of the lead refined at the plant is derived from spent lead-acid automotive batteries. The used automobile batteries are delivered to the facility in semi-truck trailers. All deliveries are visually inspected by facility personnel before off-loading to ensure that only recyclable lead products are present.
After delivery of the batteries, the batteries are crushed, and lead, plastic, and other materials are separated. Lead recovered during this separation process is smelted and refined.
The refined molten lead is poured into molds and cooled, forming lead ingots of various sizes. Recovered plastic components are sold to a plastic recycling facility.