Transponders are being used in very diverse large volume applications
more and more each day. They are used in traffic management, remote water
and gas meters, smart tags, animal tracking, iceberg tracking, anti-theft
tracking, and many other industries. Over the past 10 years the earlier
devices are becoming obsolete, requiring repairs, or at a minimum needing
new batteries. In traffic management and automatic toll tag applications
across the nation companies are estimating the generation of many millions
of transponders that no longer function or are obsolete.
Due to the electronics and battery, these transponders are hazardous
and harmful if not managed properly. It is not prudent to even consider
disposal for such large volumes at a hazardous waste landfill or incinerator
for many environmental, safety, and liability reasons. Now there is help.
Toxco Inc is the largest recycler of all types of batteries and over
the past several years has adapted their processes to perform efficient
and effective transponder recycling.
Benefits of Recycling:
- Lithium batteries can be very dangerous in certain circumstances.
They can cause, have caused, and will in the future, cause fires, personal
injury, and equipment damage. The type lithium battery used in transponders
is usually lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCl2). This is one of the longest
lasting highest energy lithium batteries but it is also one of the more
hazardous types if handled improperly, abused, or subjected to the wrong
environment. Toxco destroys the battery and device neutralizing lithium
and other dangerous chemicals contained in the transponder.
- Eliminate Hazardous Waste:
- As long as the batteries are recycled the agencies using the transponders
are not considered a generator of hazardous waste by the EPA. Toxco will
issue a certificate of recycling that references the number of pounds recycled.
When attached to your EPA annual reports it directly subtracts from the
- Green Image:
- By recycling, the transponder users are seen as a “Green Company”
to customers and the EPA.
- Natural Resource and Materials Conservation:
- You will be conserving materials from your transponders as well as
conserving natural resources and reducing air pollution by not landfilling
or incinerating. Toxco Inc. will recycle your devices by recovering lithium
carbonate, metals, and some plastics (depending on the grade and type).
Toxco processes generate no air emissions and waste from our processes
is analyzed for RCRA wastes prior to disposal. .
- Eliminate the possibility that these transponders will be pilfered
and reused or sold to unethical overseas markets. Toxco guarantees that
the units will be destroyed.
- ISO Recycling:
- ISO 14000 gives credit to companies that find ways to recycle waste
generated from their processes or facilities. Recycling batteries and transponders
is a great way to help achieve corporate recycling goals.
Toxco’s Recycling Process for Transponders
Upon receipt, the transponders are weighed, inventoried, and
placed in fire resistant storage bunkers until they are processed. They
are removed from the storage facility immediately prior to processing when
shipping containers are emptied into processing containers. The processing
containers are fed into the recycling line where the transponders are pulverized
and immersed in a large volume of caustic solution. We separate and recover
materials by conventional metal separation methods, float sink operations,
and via filtering and chemically precipitating products. Lithium is fully
neutralized in reactions with water. Acidic electrolyte is completely neutralized
by a caustic solution. For added safety our process is completely remotely
operated and process equipment is fully enclosed and ducted to both a traveling
bed air filter as well as a large air scrubbing system. We monitor and
control processing speed, temperatures, and hydrogen levels. The latter
is monitored due to hydrogen generation when lithium reacts with water.
Toxco Inc History:
Toxco Inc began as the world’s first (and still the only) primary
lithium battery recycler in 1991. At this time our primary customer was
the US Department of Defense. Since that time we have grown and increased
our recycling capabilities to encompass all types of batteries including
alkaline, lithium, mercury, nickel, lead, silver, and many others. We have
facilities in Ohio, Tennessee, Philadelphia, Ohio, Oklahoma, California,
and British Columbia Canada. Each of our facilities is fully authorized
and permitted by the appropriate environmental protection agency. In addition
to the battery recycling we also recycle large volumes of metals, precious
metals, plastic, electronics, and lithium chemicals. The parent companies
of Toxco are Adams Steel Inc. and Kinsbursky Brothers Inc. both are very
old family businesses headquartered in Anaheim, California. Adams Steel
is one of the largest metals recyclers on the west coast while KBI is one
of the largest battery and precious metals recycling companies on the west
coast. See: www.AdamsSteel.com and www.Kinsbursky.com for additional information.
Options to Aid a Recycling Program:
In addition to recycling the transponders, Toxco can provide
the following optional services to assist you with recycling:
- We can provide transportation. The cost of this option will depend
on the number of pickup points, the volumes shipped, and the locations
of the pickup points.
- We can supply packaging material that can be filled at your locations.
This option can be implemented to supply packages as small as 45 lbs and
can be as large as 1 cubic yard tri-wall containers. Costs will depend
on the size of the containers and the number of locations the containers
are to be shipped.
- We can offer a turnkey package with prepaid transportation back to
us. This type system can be for packages up to 70 lbs in weight and would
utilize our existing contracts with UPS. The costs will depend on the number
of packages desired and the number of locations the packages will be shipped.
- We can inventory your devices based on a bar code system. We will monitor
and track the destruction of each item. Reports will be provided on a periodic
- We can develop a program to receive transponders directly from individual
customers in prepaid envelopes and provide a reports of items received.
This list of options can be modified based on how you would like to
operate your collection, inventory, shipping, etc.
Information supplied by
VP Toxco Inc.