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Dolav provided us with some information regarding how to store lead acid batteries using their eco-friendly container. 

A container for lead-acid auto battery recycling has a tough life. “EU Approved, leak-proof, strong and long-lasting.” These are some of auto battery recyclers’ demands of waste battery containers. Although thousands are in daily use, not all comply. 

Many containers are plastic pallet boxes, as is the Dolav Ace. Users say the Dolav Ace does what’s needed. It has been dubbed, ‘The Battery Ace’ by recyclers. It holds 605 litres and 1200 kg up to a maximum stack load of 5000 kg.  

In the UK at G & P Batteries, Darlaston, site operations manager, David Brookes said, “We use Dolav plastic pallet bins because they are ‘UN Approved’ and leak proof. G & P and our sister [Ecobat] companies in Europe have been using Dolavs for around ten years and found them to be very durable. The runners and the bin are one complete moulding so they don’t become disconnected.”

He explained that G & P Batteries provides a complete service to help its customers be compliant and to give them all the information they need. The G & P service uses the Dolavs as returnable transit packaging (RTP) on a constant cycle between client sites and G & P’s Darlaston handling facility. Each G & P Dolav box makes hundreds of cyclical trips.

That experience is echoed by other battery recyclers, “Last 3-times longer,” Recobat. “Fixed runners don’t come off,” Recycling Lives. “Electrically insulated, acid resistant, stacks with lids, tips 180°,” Sims. Additionally, the Dolav Ace was ‘Abuse Tested’ by TÜV SÜD and passed all tests with flying colours. Boxes from others did not. 

Dolav will have ‘The Battery Ace’ plastic box on display at CARS Expo in some of its nine standard colours with lids in seven colours. On show too will be optional hot die stamp printing done by Dolav in Watton. Easily identified boxes are less likely to get lost and as RTP, can more easily be audited out and back.

Much of the power used in making Dolavs is zero-carbon, clean electricity from a vast array of its factory roof-mounted solar panels not far from the Mediterranean coast. After a long service life, the HDPE plastic of Dolav-made boxes can be ground up and used to make wheelie bins for more decades of residential waste recycling.

To find out more about their products contact Maria Plastow by emailling or call 01953 889422. Or if you’re heading to CARS Expo in July, check out Dolav at Stand E1.

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Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

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