Dispose of lead in a way that preserves health and is environmentally friendly

The heavy metal lead is harmful to health and the environment and is classified as hazardous waste. In some cases, surprisingly, it involves disposing of lead, such as Christmas tree tinsel. When pouring lead as New Year's Eve fun, you should avoid using tin or wax.

Types of lead scrap

If components, materials or objects are known to be made of lead or lead-containing alloys, they should be treated as hazardous waste and disposed of. This applies, for example, to sport shooters who use lead air rifle ammunition. Missed pellets should be collected and either handed in at public recycling centers of the city or municipality or offered to a scrap metal or scrap dealer. Typical remains arise from:

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  • Car batteries
  • Old installation piping
  • Cast lead on New Year's Eve
  • Sports shooting with air pressure
  • Shoot with shot
  • Antiquarian drinking vessels
  • Lead glass
  • Fishing and diving weights
  • Lead plates
  • Lead cable

If lead is collected by type, the scrap price for lead can be up to one euro per kilogram. The enormous density of lead ensures high weights and corresponding revenues even with small volumes. Lead should always be locked and stored in a dry place before being disposed of. After moving and transporting the lead with protective gloves, all surfaces that have come into contact with the lead should be cleaned.

Dealers must accept battery lead

The largest amounts of lead used are in batteries. In both car batteries and household batteries of all kinds and special batteries such as photovoltaics, the poisonous lead must be fed into the recycling cycle. In Germany, dealers are obliged to take back old batteries.

The great advantage of lead is that it is almost 100% reusable. If lead is fed into the recycling cycle, full-fledged and qualitatively equivalent new workpieces can be manufactured from all components. At every stage of storage and disposal, care must be taken to ensure that lead is not touched and that residues on the fingers are carried to the mouth or other parts of the body.

Tips & Tricks If you are not sure whether you are dealing with lead in scrap metal, test the magnetic properties. The heavy metal is completely non-magnetic even in the conventional types of alloys.