04 Sep '12, 9am
Lead Recycling Triggers Sustainability at Shooting Ranges
that helps revert that spent shot into 100 percent pure lead. First, a front-end loader, which looks like a massive piece of farm equipment, removes the first few inches of topsoil and dumps it into a hopper. That soil then moves into a screening machine that removes large particles of dirt. Lead Us Reclaim’s patented blower system then forces air into the stacks of lead shot and removes the smaller particles, a critical step because smelters will not accept loads contaminated with too much soil. The process is safe enough for employees who work within close range of the lead. And with metals fetching higher prices on world markets, the business has become more lucrative. At one shooting range, the 130,000 pounds of lead salvaged would have been worth over $100,000 on the London Metal Exchange.