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Adopting environmentally sound lead battery recycling in the Dominican Republic

In 2002, at the invitation of the Environment Ministry of the Dominican Republic, the ILA conducted an environmental assessment of the closed Metaloxa secondary lead plant in the Dominican Republic. The plant was a participant of a used lead battery recycling project implemented by the Basel Secretariat and the Regional Centre for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM).

ILA found that basic environmental control systems were either missing or not operating correctly resulting in lead contamination throughout the site and nearby residential neighbourhoods.

Metaloxa 2002 Rotary Furnace
Metaloxa 2002 Rotary Furnace
The new CEO and owner of Metaloxa, Snr. Jose Antonio Rodriguez was committed to a significant investment to design and operate an environmentally sound lead battery recycling operation that would be commissioned to international standards.
Meteoro 2011: The encapsulated furnace with extraction ventilation to a baghouse
Meteoro 2011: Tapping the Furnace into a closed and ventilated crucible

ILA worked closely with the Dominican Government to locate and secure a new site in an Industrial Zone and design the new facility.

The new secondary lead facility complete with all the necessary ancillary environmental control equipment and a mechanical battery breaker began battery  recycling operations under a new name, Meteoro, in 2011. The new facility has a lead production capacity of 18,000 tons per annum.

Meteoro 2011: The mechanical used battery breaker