EAF Dust Recycling
Horsehead’s state-of-the-art recycling facilities recover zinc from EAF dust generated by mini-mill steel producers a listed hazardous waste under EPA regulations. Horsehead’s management of this material is in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency requirements and allows the steel producers an option over landfilling or other expensive disposal methods.
Horsehead utilizes high-temperature rotary (“Waelz”) kilns to reduce and volatilize zinc from EAF dust and recover it, along with other volatile impurities, as a crude oxide (“Waelz Oxide”) baghouse product. The WOX is further refined to zinc metal at Horsehead Metal Products’ facility in Mooresboro, NC. Horsehead operates nine Waelz kilns at four strategic locations, Chicago, IL, Rockwood, TN, Palmerton, PA and Barnwell, SC.
Horsehead’s technology is commercially proven and recognized as the “Best Demonstrated Available Technology.”
Secure and Reliable
Horsehead eliminates hazardous waste through recycling; a superior alternative to the short and long-term issues associated with landfilling and uses multi-location recycling to ensure reliable service.
Quality at Competitive Cost
Additionally, Horsehead is committed to the EAF dust recycling business and to expanding the range of products and services offered to the steel industry. Horsehead provides the highest quality recycling service at a competitive cost.
Horsehead is proud that we have provided the steel industry with reliable, environmentally sound recycling services. Our facilities have processed over 12.1 million tons of EAF dust resulting in over 2.5 million tons of zinc product.