Delivering Integrated Water Treatment for Johnson Controls
The Power of Recycling
The typical automotive lead acid battery contains about 10 kg of lead and must be properly disposed of to protect public health and the environment, but the lead and other components can be reclaimed for reuse. Johnson Controls’ lead-acid battery recycling centre in Florence, South Carolina, plays an important role in that mission, recycling 132,000 tons per year—the equivalent of more than 14 million automotive batteries. CDM Smith supported this progressive environmental stewardship through the fast-tracked design-build implementation of the centre’s stormwater and industrial wastewater treatment plant. Collectively, this integrated treatment system employs modern environmental controls to protect the public and the environment while advancing Johnson Controls’ recycling capabilities.
CDM Smith's intelligent design and well-orchestrated delivery approach addressed several project challenges.
Facing the Future
With long-term reliability in mind, the flexible design allows treatment capacity to be easily expanded to 227,000 litres per day if it is needed to meet demand. Beyond recycling, Johnson Controls’ operation supports community resources and represents a local economic commitment, employing 250 new and 1,000 indirect area jobs. “This integrated, robust solution sets a new industry standard for stormwater and wastewater treatment. It is a world-class project—one that reflects our commitment to environmental protection, the local economy and responsible battery production,” remarks Lafond. It is proof that recycling, whether batteries or water, can have a powerful and lasting effect.