The company „EcoMet Reciklaža“ d.o.o. from Loznica, registered for production of lead, zinc and tin, manages modern production complex for recycling of lead car batteries, i.e. for production of lead from secondary raw materials. In addition, new plant for refining of raw lead from recycled waste car batteries has been made in the scope of this production complex.
The first important moment in business operations of „EcoMet Reciklaža” d.o.o. occurred at the beginning of 2017, when this company assumed ownership over property of “Rudnici i topionica” d.o.o. Zajača („Mines and Smelter” Ltd Zajača) aiming to start production and mining activity, with strict compliance with legal regulations and all standards from the field of environmental protection.
Taken into consideration the challenges from the previous period „EcoMet Recklaža“ d.o.o. has carefully planned all upcoming steps. We started cooperation with renounced professional institutions and producers of equipment and thorough overhaul of all existing plants was done, first of all. At the same time, we started legal processes of obtaining relevant permissions and consents, and afterwards, in 2020, the construction of new refinery plant was started.
The basic activity of „Eco Met Reciklaža“ d.o.o. is recycling of used car batteries, i.e. production of lead from secondary raw materials, a process considered to be exceptionally useful both for local community and the whole country. This activity reduces possibility of contamination of environment in the whole country, wherever there are chances of outflow of hazardous matters from disposed used car batteries.
The output product of the complex „Eco Met Reciklaža “ d.o.o. is high purity lead of the quality traded at the London metals stock exchange -Pb985R.
All production plants of „Eco Met Reciklaža“d.o.o. are equipped with suitable aspiration, gas-pipe and filter modern systems for reduction of emission of polluting matters in the air. Technological process waters are re-used in the technological process thanks to recycling system, so that they are not released into natural recipients.
„EcoMet Recikaža„ d.o.o. is a socially responsible enterprise, aware of its importance for the economics of Loznica and surrounding area. Moreover, „EcoMet Reciklaža“ d.o.o. fulfils all obligations and strictly complies with all lawful measures of environmental protection and occupational safety and health.
Historical review of the exploitation and process of ore within the territory of Loznica and broad area of Podrinje can be tracked down already to IX century. Namely, metal vessels from this period were found on this locality, corresponding to the type of ore characteristic for this region. It is well known that mining activity started in XIII century, when Serbian rulers from this period employed Saxon miners. The ores of lead and silver were most exploited in Podrinje mines at the time. Development of mining on this locality resulted in setting up of small settlements, while trading with ores and metal products strengthened their independence. Basic products used for trading were “soft lead”- high purity lead, “hard lead”- alloys of lead with antimony and silver.
With the start of Turkish invasions, all mining activities of this region came to a halt. Following liberation from Turks, the production was resumed.
The use of antimony as a special product started at the same time as in other regions of Europe and world. In Serbia, the first production of this ore began in 1873 in Krupanj at the request of Serbian merchant Ilija Kolarac. The mine of antimony and lead was opened in 1877, and due to high demands of the world markets for the antimony ore, the exploitation and production spread also to the territory of Zajača, where the first smelter from this period was built in 1897. The establishment of smelter in Zajača met the expectations, since already in 1901 as much as 242,4 tons of antimony regulus ( 99,4%) was produced. Since then, due to frequent changes of the market price and demand for antimony, the smelter worked with interruptions. Despite interruptions in work, the Zajača smelter produced significant quantities of ore in the period from 1900 to 1944, 6 091 tons of antimony regulus from 84 364 tons of ore.
The most productive period of work of the smelter was from 1938 to 1941, when production was enhanced due to favorable prices of antimony at the market. During the period of World War II the production was conditioned exclusively by war requirements, at the end of the war the production and exploitation returned to its normal scope, with increased capacities and in 1991 the production of antimony amounted to 1,887,339 tons of ores, out of which 54, 776 tons of antimony regulus was obtained.
The interruption of production in “RTB Zajača occurred in 1991, but the minimum production level was maintained. Fifteen years later, in 2006, the mine and smelter Zajača were privatized, after which the intensive mining activity connected to research and preparation for ore exploitation was resumed, the mining research works were completely suspended later on, in 2014.
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