As an industry, hazardous, dangerous and fatal informal lead acid battery recycling activity is ignored in favour of celebrating the highly successful, 99% recycling rates in the more developed regions. However, 50% of batteries in countries such as India, are recycled improperly, causing widespread lead poisoning. The World Health Organisation has campaigned about the hazards of lead poisoning and ways to counter legacy sources, yet for the first time, a technological solution is available to address informal lead acid battery recycling. Citrecycle aims to use it in the most effective way possible.
Citrecycle uses a market-driven approach.
Citrecycle puts local people at the centre.
Citrecyle helps government reach its recycling targets.
Citrecycle unlocks a £1.5bn commercial opportunity for local people.
We use citric acid to clean the lead from the used batteries. It is a low temperature, low energy, and low emission process. We replace the hazardous process, but do not displace the people. No waste of lead, no contamination no lead poisoning.
Clean, safe and profitable recycling systems for use in local communities, by local communities, profiting local communities.
Managing the informal sector through market-based incentives can end small-scale battery recycling while retaining livlihoods.
Citrecycle provides a clean and safe system that is easy to operate and maintain.
We facilitate local wealth creation by using locally sourced reagents and input.
We will provide clear and effective education through international and local partnerships.
Uses current collection ecosystems with a view to adding safety equipment and procedures.