Lead has the atomic symbol Pb.

Lead is a toxic metal that can damage nerve connections (especially in young children) and cause blood and brain disorders. Therefore, lead should be handled with care – even when it needs to be scrapped and recycled.

Lead is a soft heavy metal that is suitable for the production of flexible pipes and sheets, making it useful for drainpipes, traps, and covering electrical cables. However, it has largely been replaced by plastic. Due to its high density, it can be used for shotgun pellets. Lead sheets are used for roofing, primarily on old churches that were roofed with lead.

Easy to work with

Lead has been used for thousands of years because of its widespread availability, ease of extraction, and ease of processing. The Romans used lead to make water pipes, which might have been one of the reasons for the downfall of the Roman Empire.

Lead in the form of metal occurs naturally, but it is very rare. Lead is usually found in zinc, silver, and copper ores, from which it is extracted.


Examples of lead in everyday life:

  • Roof flashings
  • Pipes
  • Lead balance weights
  • Shooting range lead
  • Lead-acid car batteries

Lead 99%

Fraction consisting of a minimum of 99 % clean scrap lead, free of other materials such as battery plates, lead-covered cables, collapsible tubes, dirty chemical lead, other types of metals, and radioactive materials.


Lead <99%

Fraction consisting of up to 99 % clean scrap lead. The specific percentage of lead will be measured for each load.


Lead batteries & Truck batteries

Fraction consisting of dry lead batteries. Containing SLI (starting, lighting & ignition), automotive, truck, 8-D and commercial golf carts, and marine-type batteries.Fraction do not contain non-lead i.e., nickel-cadmium, nickel-iron, carbonaire, lithium, etc.


Lead from Shooting Ranges

Fraction consisting of a mix of jacketed and cast lead bullets from shooting ranges. Typically mixed with pieces of wood, rubber, or plastic.


Lead with Tar/Grease

Fraction consisting of lead from covered cables. Free of metalcore and rubber but may consist of paper, tar, and/or grease.

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