In Europe, regulations encourage the rollout of highly structured industrial recycling channels from waste collection and processing through to the marketing of new products. This is the case for batteries, catalysts (refinery diesel purifiers) and metal oxides, with the eventual aim of zero landfilling and 100% recovery in Europe. ERAMET, a recognised player for its know-how in pyrometallurgy of metal waste alloys through its subsidiary Valdi, overhauled its industrial assets to create an exemplary circular economy loop while reviving its battery recycling activity.
In addition to the construction of an outstanding recycling channel, the new setup improves competitiveness at the Commentry steelworks, where the furnace has been adapted to alkaline and saline batteries for more cost-efficient use of melting and refining furnaces. The furnace can now refine high speed steels and recycle batteries. In early June, the first truck of batteries for recycling arrived on site. The first melting run will take place in February 2017.
- 38,000 tons
of batteries, spent oil catalysts and metal oxides can be recycled in Commentry from 2017.