Bracknell Roofing has signed a deal with a groundbreaking recycling company to use the lead recycled from old car batteries in the construction of roofs for new houses.
We have been impressed with the quality of British Standard lead that 2IM Group company Associated Lead Mills Ltd (ALM) is able to extract from highly toxic car, HGV and forklift truck batteries – which also contain acid – allowing the reuse of recycled materials that until recently were destined for landfill.
We will use the reclaimed materials from 4 batteries for lead work, including saddles, aprons and flashings that finalise the watertightness of a roof on the average three-bedroom house.
Our Divisional Director Simon Smith commented that he is delighted to be working closely with ALM as part of Bracknell Roofing’s ongoing commitment to reducing its impact on the environment.
“ALM should be applauded,” he said. “Its state-of-the-art Envirowales plant based in South Wales is able to reclaim 96% of each and every lead acid battery that has come to the end of its original use. The resulting lead product, branded ‘Envirolead’, has been tested rigorously and has passed all of our requirements regarding quality and reliability. Envirolead comes with a 50-year warranty if installed correctly using premium roofing products, some of which are manufactured using the same battery-reclaimed lead.
“Using recycled lead from this highly environmentally responsible source is yet another aspect of our business where we add value and not cost for our clients. 2IM, Envirowales and ALM clearly demonstrate a chain of custody and responsibility in using materials that otherwise would go to landfill, which nobody wants.
“It’s a great story for housebuilders and developers alike to tell new homeowners, especially when it’s so tangible. It highlights that the recycled material on their very roofs came from vehicles that they use every day.”
Alan Barker from ALM has praised Bracknell Roofing for embracing the use of materials that have been reclaimed from toxic products.
“Bracknell Roofing is a good example of a pragmatic business that works in a very competitive sector, where fine margins on costs can be the difference between winning and losing contracts – so using a recycled material at no additional cost is a win-win for its customers,” he said.
“I think part of the reason that Bracknell Roofing has aligned itself with ALM is that Simon and key members of the team have visited Envirowales and have seen for themselves how we take tens of thousands of tonnes of vehicle batteries of all descriptions each year and put them through a series of processes that produce lead that can be used on the roofs and other aspects of new homes.”