ONE of the UK’s largest battery recyclers, Enva, has expanded its lead acid battery processing facility in Immingham, Lincolnshire. The latest investment has increased the site capacity by 50%, enabling it to store and process over 36,000 tonnes of batteries a year.
The investment includes new material handling and processing lines as well as state-of-the-art incoming reception, weighbridge and recovered product storage. The facility Licences have also been upgraded with the Environment Agency to increase annual throughput and also allow the acceptance and handling of other battery types and chemistries.
Enva’s recycling process breaks down waste automotive and industrial batteries separating and recovering their key components including metals, plastics and acid. Metals and plastics, after further processing, are recovered for use in the manufacturing of new products. Used battery acid is sent offsite to a licenced third party for neutralisation.
Commenting on the expansion, Arvydas Pocevicius, the General Manager of Enva’s battery business said: “Recycling batteries ensures valuable resources can be reused in more sustainable products and aren’t lost forever via landfill or incineration.
“This expansion of our operations represents a significant increase in the UK’s lead acid battery recycling capacity. It will result in fewer batteries needing to be exported for treatment, driving additional CO2 savings. It has also directly created 12 new jobs in the region which we are now actively seeking to fill.”