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Although there is an increased amount of used lead batteries, that is not sufficient to meet the company’s demands in the specific raw material. Therefore, we import used lead batteries from various other countries. Our company is experienced in the process required for shipment of waste both from inside and outside European Community.

In compliance with the current valid legislation, the lead batteries should be collected separately from the other types of waste, and their special collection should be indicated by one of the following symbols:

Respectively, in compliance with the European Agreement regarding the International Road Transport of hazardous items (ADR), the used lead-acid batteries are classified in Class 8: Acid Materials.

According to the data of the Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, the quantity of the battery waste is approximately 35,000 tons nationally.

The batteries scrap, from the local market, are collected in special containers placed in specific technical locations and corporations such as:

  • Car/motorcycle shops
  • Car electrical engineers
  • Battery importers and dealers
  • Major consumers – organizations (Industrial units, Hydro Company, National telephone company)
  • Military establishments
  • Car recycling units

The collection of the used batteries from the specific technical locations is carried out by issuing the relevant dispatch note (or shipping invoice) addressed to our company, where the delivery location for the temporary storage is mentioned, and by filling up the special form of identification of the waste, the E.A.E.A., that certifies that the used batteries/hazardous waste were transferred to the recycling unit following the legal procedure.

The battery collection containers are in accordance to the specifications for the safe storage and transfer of hazardous materials. Every container that is picked up is replaced by another empty container.

The containers are transferred by pallet carriers and the collection vehicle has a electrohydraulic container lifting system that uses the special platform at the back of the vehicle. The loading and unloading of the containers is a very quick and easy procedure.

The personnel employed for the collection and transport of the waste possess a Certificate of Professional Skill and are fully aware of the potential health risks and of the protection measures that should be applied, as well as of the procedure for the collection and transport of waste.

The Collection and Transport Vehicles (CTV) are marked with two types of marks:

  • the mark that shows the class of the hazardous waste and

  • the special orange mark number characteristic for the specific hazardous waste