What We Do

Lead Recycling

Doe Run — A Lead Recycling Company

From mining to recycling, The Doe Run Company serves as a steward for America’s most recycled product — the lead-acid battery. Doe Run’s Resource Recycling facility plays a starring role in this lead recycling success story, because it serves as one of the world’s largest single-site lead recycling facilities.

Permits and Certifications

  • Resource Recycling operates under RCRA Part B Hazardous Waste Facility Permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
  • Resource Recycling holds ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems and ISO 14001:2004 environmental management systems certifications as evidence of its commitment to high quality and environmental stewardship.

What We Recycle

Lead-acid batteries are the most recycled consumer product, with a 99 percent recycling rate. Resource Recycling recycles approximately 13.5 million batteries each year.

Resource Recycling receives and processes approximately 460 million pounds of lead-bearing materials annually, including approximately 13.5 million recycled lead-acid batteries each year. Other recycled, lead-bearing materials include ammunition, submarine ballasts, lead-bearing glass and lead-based paint chips, as well as cathode ray tube (CRT) glass. Resource Recycling converts these materials into pure lead and lead alloys for new products.

Lead-Acid Batteries

Originally invented in 1859, lead-acid batteries today power vehicles and provide backup power for air traffic control towers, hospitals and financial centers. Batteries account for more than 80 percent of today’s lead consumption. With lead recycling rates surpassing 99 percent (according to the Association of Battery Recyclers), lead-acid batteries are the most recycled consumer product on the planet.  

Click below to watch a short video on how a lead battery is recycled.

Types of Acceptable Lead-Acid Batteries for Recycling at Resource Recycling

Resource Recycling is unable to recycle lithium ion, nickel-cadmium, nickel-iron, aircraft batteries with aluminum casting, and small consumer batteries found in flashlights small electronics or in portable hand tool batteries. For resources on recycling these types of batteries, visit the Battery Council International.

CRT Glass

Resource Recycling also offers alternative recycling options for CRT glass and many other lead-bearing silica materials. At Resource Recycling, CRT glass and other lead-bearing silica can be used as a substitute for virgin materials required in some of Doe Run’s furnace processes. Recycling CRT glass keeps it out of landfills.

Quality, Safety and Community

Resource Recycling has taken several measures to continue improving its environmental performance for lead recycling. In 2008, Resource Recycling spent approximately $4 million on facility upgrades and process improvements, including installing a new “baghouse” and reducing sulfur dioxide emissions. By the end of 2012, Doe Run will have spent an additional $13 million to further reduce emissions and install a new wastewater treatment plant.

Resource Recycling has reached one million safe work hours without a lost-time injury three times since it opened in 1991. Employees achieved this milestone in 2012, 1998 and 1993.

Each year, Resource Recycling hosts educational programs for teachers, students and their families, sponsors community events and donates to local community programs. Visit the Our Commitments page to learn more.

Contact Information:

Resource Recycling Facility
Physical and Mailing Address:
18594 Highway KK
Boss, MO 65440-9501

Phone: (573) 626-4813
Email: rrdinfo@doerun.com 

For Lead-acid Battery Recycling Inquiries
Phone: (800) 633-8566
Elaine Bailey: (573) 626-3494
Jasmine Ehrhardt: (573) 626-3445

For Lead Metal and Other Lead-bearing Material Recycling Inquiries
Lou Magdits: (314) 453-7123
Or Raw Materials Dept.: (800) 633-8566

For CRT Glass Recycling Inquiries
Jasmine Ehrhardt: (573) 626-3445