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MCT Discusses the Future of Battery Recycling

A lot has changed since MCT founder John Patterson began recycling batteries over 30 years ago. Convinced of the growing need for responsible waste disposal, Mr. Patterson entered the world of battery recycling when the first generation of consumer-friendly rechargeable batteries began to fill the marketplace. The demand for batteries has increased in step with the demand for portable electronic devices. In this context, MCT finds that battery recycling has progressed from being an environmentally responsible perk to a complete necessity. Today, battery recycling has become widespread and codified. In recent decades, government offices like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have come onboard, formulating guidelines to regulate and facilitate the proper disposal and recycling of what they call “universal waste” products like batteries. Longtime battery recyclers like MCT’s John Patterson are glad to have the support of agencies with a vested interest in protecting the environment. While it is true that there have been great strides in technology and legislation regarding the effective recycling of batteries, MCT says there is still a long way to go. Battery recycling remains a process that needs a lot of energy. The fact remains that reclaiming battery metals requires as much as 8 times more energy than producing metals through traditional means, like mining. Despite this disparity, battery recycling is becoming more efficient every year. And producing metals through battery recycling means less mining and strip mining, which cause irreparable damage to the landscape. MCT estimates that only about 40% of consumer batteries, like laptop batteries and cell phone batteries, are being recycled currently. The low rate of return on rechargeable batteries is one reason the recycling process is still expensive. As more people get in the habit of recycling batteries and electronics, rather than throwing them away, recycling will eventually become the cheaper alternative because recyclers like MCT will have a steady stream of materials to process for recycling. The main motivation behind battery recycling is ecological and environmental health. The metals and chemicals in batteries are hazardous materials that can contaminate soil and drinking water. MCT works hard to make sure these hazardous materials stay out of the ecosystem and return instead to industrial usefulness. 

 

By |April 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MCT Discusses the Future of Battery Recycling

Carolina Recycling Association’s 26th Annual Conference & Trade Show

Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC is happy to announce that we will be at the Carolina Recycling Association’s 26th annual Conference & Trade show in Wilmington, NC on  March 21st – March 24th.  Please be sure to stop by our booth. We are certain we have a program that will fit your needs.  Let us take the hassle out of your Battery Recycling troubles. We look forward to seeing you there.

By |March 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Carolina Recycling Association’s 26th Annual Conference & Trade Show

MCT’s Role In the Battery Recycling Industry

Since 2003, Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC has been raising the bar for high-volume, environmentally sound battery disposal. The knowledgeable professionals at MCT are widening the niche for battery recycling by reaching out to consumers and making it easier for everyone to keep old batteries out of trashcans and landfills. The environmental hazards of batteries, particularly the more complex rechargeable batteries, have been clear since the 1970s when the first consumer-ready rechargeable batteries became popular. Consequently, more effort has been invested into recycling these batteries, to prevent ecological contamination and a drain on raw materials. In the early days of battery recycling, before programs like MCT, it was difficult to know what to do with the different types of batteries. Sometimes batteries would not get recycled because they were improperly sorted and never made it to the right facility for processing. As technical expertise has improved, battery recyclers like MCT have developed streamlined systems for rendering batteries down to their component parts for reuse in the metals and plastics industries. Batteries contain heavy metals that can be retrieved and recycled using the right melting processes. MCT operates a battery recycling plant in Cartersville, GA, that employs a patented induction furnace melting process to convert the metals in batteries back to useful raw materials, like iron, chromium and nickel, for producing stainless steel and other alloys.  These days cell phone and laptop battery recycling is a fast-growing business, accounting for the vast majority of batteries being recycled. When batteries reach MCT for recycling, they go through very specific processes. First, MCT sorts their batteries by chemistry, because each type of battery will yield different metals and must be treated differently. Once the batteries are sorted, the cells are cut open and the combustible materials, mostly insulation and plastic from battery casings, are separated, shredded, or burned away. The remains of the battery cells contain the valuable metals. The battery cells then are chopped up by a machine and melted down in an aerospace grade furnace, to liquefy the metals within. MCT then uses these metal blends to create their proprietary Remelt Alloy, a sought-after stabilizing and hardening alloy used to manufacture stainless steel and other metals.

 

By |February 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MCT’s Role In the Battery Recycling Industry

How Battery Recycling with Metal Conversion Technologies Benefits the Environment

Metal Conversion Technologies is an organization dedicated to the collection, processing and recycling of old batteries. Our modern life has come to depend on a steady stream of portable energy and most of that energy is supplied by batteries.  Without battery power, portable music players, smart phones, laptops, wireless keyboards and mice, radios, automobiles, airplanes and much more could not operate. Batteries come in all shapes, sizes and chemical makeups. As batteries have become more sophisticated, they have encompassed more complex chemical and heavy metal combinations, all based on the concept of producing electricity through a chemical reaction.

 

From the ecological standpoint of MCT, the usefulness and popularity of batteries does not come easy. For all of their convenience, batteries make demands on our environment which are more pressing than other typical waste products. Batteries that decompose in landfills leech chemicals and heavy metals, toxifying our precious soil and groundwater. Recycling batteries is the most reliable way to ensure that these hazardous materials stay out of our ecosystems. Every time MCT recycles a batch of batteries, they are neutralizing environmental hazards as well as benefiting the raw materials-intensive metals industry. MCT’s recycling processes also benefit conservation efforts by extracting the metals in batteries for reuse in the metals industry as a specially formulated alloy.

 

MCT converts the heavy metals of dead batteries into an innovative Remelt Alloy. MCT’s Remelt Alloy is a useful ingredient in the stainless steel industry, as well as serving other metal works needs. By using MCT’s Remelt Alloy, metal works operations significantly reduce their need for new raw materials, further easing the human burden on the environment. Recycling batteries through the services of MCT is not only keeps contaminants out of the environment. By reusing battery components, BRME helps industry scale back the demand for raw materials, which are often extracted from the earth at great ecological and financial

By |December 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How Battery Recycling with Metal Conversion Technologies Benefits the Environment

Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC has Thanksgiving dinner for Staff

We arethankfulto have this awesome team here at MCT.

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Mr. Patterson enjoying  Thanksgiving dinner with Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC employees.

We wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

 

 

 

By |November 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC has Thanksgiving dinner for Staff

MCT Presents the History of Batteries

Batteries are an ingenious invention which have made modern life possible. Batteries are a form of chemical energy storage that dates back over 300 years. In 1789, Alessandro Volta immersed a copper rod and a zinc rod in an acetic acid solution, yielding an electrical charge. The zinc and copper rods acted as the battery’s electrodes, the acetic acid as the electrolyte. In Volta’s prototype battery, the acid corroded the zinc electrode. Meanwhile, the copper electrode trapped the energy produced from the chemical reaction. Though batteries have evolved a lot in three centuries, Volta’s electrochemical principles remain the foundation of today’s battery industry. But Alessandro Volta’s battery was still a delicate and impractical contraption.

 

Many scientists made slight improvements or adjustments to Volta’s concept, but it was not until 1868 that a practical wet cell battery was developed by Frenchman Georges Leclanché. He replaced the copper electrode with manganese-dioxide powder held in a porous cup. Leclanché also used an ammonium chloride solution instead of acetic acid. His entire battery cell was contained in a glass jar, making it the first practical wet cell battery. Leclanché’s battery was widely used in the world telegraph network, and to power signals and electric bells. During the telephone’s early years, telephone power was not yet centralized at exchanges, meaning each phone needed its own energy source. That energy source was Leclanché’s wet cell battery. As useful as it was, the wet cell battery was still quite heavy and relatively easy to break.

 

In 1887, Carl Gassner took batteries a step further when he patented the first “dry” cell battery. The dry cell still used zinc as its negative electrode, just like Volta’s battery, but had little else in common. Gassner secured the previously liquid electrolyte solution by absorbing it into a porous material which maintained contact with the electrodes. Gassner also sealed the battery, making it safer and portable. He also made other adjustments to the chemical composition, reducing zinc corrosion, thereby lengthening the life of the battery. Gassner’s design turned batteries into neat, sealed packages that could eventually be mass produced. In fact it only took three years from the time of Gassner’s patent until the National Carbon Company in Cleveland, Ohio (later known as Union Carbide) began churning out the first mass produced dry cell batteries. Over time, batteries became smaller, lighter and longer lasting.

 

Since batteries’ mass production in the 1890s, no significant alterations were made to battery design until the 1970s. The 1970s ushered in a new generation of battery technology, incorporating wider varieties of metals and developing the first practical rechargeable batteries. Today’s batteries come in all shapes, sizes and compositions. In addition to the traditional zinc chloride and carbon zinc batteries, we also rely on alkaline, lead acid, lithium, nickel cadmium and silver oxide batteries. The proliferation of specialized batteries with a wider variety of chemicals and heavy metals has made the responsible recycling of batteries more important than ever. Organizations like Battery Recycling Made Easy are indispensable resources for gathering and processing retired batteries.

 

By |November 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MCT Presents the History of Batteries

MCT Outlines the Importance of Battery Recycling

Batteries are as important to modern life as petroleum, providing energy for countless products and devices. Every computer, cell phone, portable music player, laptop, radio, automobile and airplane in the world is either wholly or partially powered by batteries. Many people do not consider how truly ubiquitous batteries are until the fact is pointed out. MCT explains that most modern batteries contain heavy metals and chemicals that are either reactive or corrosive. Because of their special components, batteries cannot be thrown away like typical trash. MCT notes that the chemicals and heavy metals in discarded batteries can eventually contaminate landfills and seep into our groundwater. The best way to avoid this ecological quandary is to recycle old batteries using services like Metal Conversion.

 

The United States government has clearly recognized the importance of battery recycling and the ecological implications of widespread battery usage. Batteries that contain materials like nickle cadmium, lead acid, mercury, lithium or nickel metal hydride are designated as Hazardous Waste by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Another important regulatory measure taken by the EPA was the “Universal Waste Rule” of 1995. These regulations have standardized and streamlined the battery recycling process in the United States. MCT has been recycling batteries professionally since long before the EPA’s Universal Waste Rule, but MCT has found that the EPA’s regulations significantly facilitated his personal battery collection and recycling efforts.

 

The EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and Universal Waste Rule also helped the battery recycling movement by creating financial liability for businesses that do not recycle batteries in an environmentally responsible fashion. MCT recognizes the value of environmental compliance regulations when it comes increasing the consciousness and frequency of battery recycling. With the support of local government agencies, MCT’s battery recycling statistics are higher than ever.  Beyond creating peace of mind for business owners, MCT’s battery recycling program is looking out for the environment and helping to secure a greener future for the coming generations.

 

By |October 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on MCT Outlines the Importance of Battery Recycling

E-Scrap 2015

Our Vice President of Sales, Steve Pledger,  had a great time at E-Scrap 2015 . Thank you to everyone  who stopped by to say hello and helped make the show a success. We look forward to working with all of you. Hope to see you at our next show (to be announced)!

By |September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on E-Scrap 2015

E-Scrap 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC will be attending E-Scrap 2015

Media Contact:

Steve Pledger, steve@metalconversion.com

We are pleased to announce that Metal Conversion Technologies, LLC will be attending E-Scrap 2015 In Orlando FL September 1st –September 3rd. We invite you to come by our booth # 705 . We have programs to fit the needs of everyone no matter the amount of batteries you need to recycle. We are R2 certified, OHSAS certified as well as ISO certified. We are the “end of life for batteries”. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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By |August 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on E-Scrap 2015