FAQ

Metalex provides an environmentally-friendly service in recycling batteries, selling refined lead and plastic to companies for a wide range of industrial applications and commercial products. Here we provide answers to the most common questions we get from new customers.

General Questions

Where are you located?

2511 No. 5 Road
Richmond, BC
V6X 2S8
CANADA
(Intersection of No. 5 Road and Vulcan Way)

See Metalex’s complete contact information

What are your hours of operation

Office Hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Shipping & Receiving: 7:00 am to 2:00 pm

Purchasing Lead

What size and dimension are your lead ingots?

We produce one standard size and dimension DESCRIBED HERE.

Do you produce different types of lead?

Yes, we can produce lead to match your specific requirements. Some of our most common types of lead produced include:

  • 99.98% Lead content (soft lead)
  • 4.5% Antimonial Lead
  • 2.75% Antimonial Lead
  • 3% Antimonial Lead
  • 2 – 7% Antimonial Lead
  • Lead Oxide

Can I get an analysis certificate?

Yes. Every ingot can be traced to an analysis of its composition for tin, antimony, copper, arsenic and other trace metal content. Every ingot is stamped with a tracking number, so we know exactly it’s composition. We will send along the analysis on request.

Do you sell lead in smaller quantities?

Yes. While we often send out shipments weighing one ton or more, our minimum order is 1,000 lbs.

How do I buy lead from Metalex?

  • The minimum order is 1,000 lbs.
  • We accept cash or company cheque only; no debit/credit cards.
  • Lead is a commodity; prices do fluctuate with the market. Call us to find out our current price.

General Information About Lead

What is lead used for?

Lead and antimonial lead alloy are used in a wide range of products, including:

  • Battery Manufacturing
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Ballast
  • Wheelweights
  • Fishing Tackle/Weights
  • Ammunition
  • Power Cables
  • Physical Exercise Equipment
  • Stained Glass Works

Is lead dangerous?

While lead has many useful purposes, it can be harmful to human health, causing a range of ailments such as high blood pressure, anemia and kidney damage. That is why there are very strict environmental regulations that Metalex must follow in processing and shipping lead for customers.

Battery Recycling Information

Can I bring you my used batteries to recycle?

Yes, but in large quantities only, 100 units or 2 skids.

What happens to the acid in the batteries you recycle?

It’s reclaimed and used for making alum (aluminum sulphate), which is used in water treatment for paper.

Can I melt a battery myself to recycle the lead?

This is very dangerous and not recommended. You’ll be lucky to reclaim 4-5 lbs of lead.