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The Brunswick Smelter: Responsible Closure and Reclamation

Author: Glencore Canada | Date: 15/01/2020

In 2019, Glencore Zinc made a difficult decision to close the Brunswick Smelter, located in northern New Brunswick, due to changing global markets and the completion of mining at the Brunswick Mine six years earlier.

On closure, the site transferred to Glencore’s North American legacy operations group, who started the process of planning, permitting and executing the Smelter’s closure plan. 

Brunswick Smelter in numbers over the course of its history


years in operation


people employed


contributed to the New Brunswick economy


tonnes of lead produced


tonnes of silver produced


batteries recycled diverting material from landfill


television tubes and monitors recycled diverting material from landfill

We will undertake the closure process in accordance with all regulatory and corporate requirements. We will conduct the demolition and land reclamation once the planning and permitting phases are complete. Following the active reclamation phase, a period of long-term monitoring will commence.

The team executing the work includes members of the team responsible for the successful closure of the Brunswick Mine. Experience will also come from previous smelter closures, including the Kidd Metallurgical complex. This closure consisted of similar work, including demolition, land reclamation and the closure of a residue storage facility, and for which Glencore earned the Tom Peters Memorial Reclamation Award in 2014.