Growth of battery recycling being realised

In Australia the growth of the fledgling battery recycling industry is starting to be realised. Currently the national recycling rate of household batteries is estimated at 12%.  This compares with Europe which is currently running at over 60%.  Whilst our industry is in its infancy the  global challenges of recycling  lithium-ion batteries is only now being understood. Battery Council International estimate that only 5% of lithium-ion batteries are recycled.

New EU Regulations came into force in February 2024. These regulations mandate that new batteries must incorporate a specified proportion of recycled materials from 2031.  Newly manufactured batteries must contain recycled material in the following ratios: nickel 6%, cobalt 16%, lead 85%, and lithium 6%.

A true pioneer.

Ecobatt is a true pioneer of the Australian battery recycling industry. Importantly, they are mindful of reducing battery waste going to landfill, giving new life to the critical resources within; for future use and processing.

Whatever the chemistry Ecobatt has a solution for household, micro-mobility, electric vehicle and energy storage battery recycling.  Through its world class national collection facility Ecobatt works with downstream processors.  Importantly, they recover valuable materials from alkaline and lithium-ion batteries including lithium, cobalt, nickel, zinc, manganese, and a range of other metals.  Essentially, utilising these materials so that they can be used in new products for a true recycled outcome.  The company has a strong commitment to being a source for renewable materials.

It seems a day doesn’t go by without another fire being reported from lithium -ion batteries.  Sadly,  with lithium-ion batteries the fires are larger, and more dangerous.  With the growing demand for e-bikes and e-scooters we are seeing more regular reporting of fires in residential areas connected with incorrect recharging methods.

EPA sources feel that small lithium-ion fires are under-reported.

Ecobatt’s Zoltan Sekula believes that, “Kerbside waste compactors are at particular risk of fire events and public education must continue for the proper diversion of used household batteries from landfill”.

Safe collection and removal.

Ecobatt has a comprehensive range of products to provide safe collection and removal methods for consumer, industrial and local government sectors.  Through its sister company ecobattsafety the company can also provide safe solutions for those consumers looking to recharge their e-scooters and bikes safely.

“For a more dependable resilient supply chain in transporting, storing or recycling bulk lithium-ion batteries, our bulk containers can handle the job”.  Zoltan says.

Adverse battery events are contained within the container.  In situations where a thermal runaway does occur a thermal temperature indicator can be added to advise first response personnel of measurable temperature events.

When the Ecobatt Battery Safety Bins are used correctly they are designed to contain a fire until it is extinguished, preventing it from spreading and causing undue damage.

In conclusion, the issue of safety is paramount to Ecobatt.  Its investments in world class technology is evidence of its commitment to safeguarding the operations and personnel of its customers.  Furthermore, ensuring it works to efficiently recycle materials for future use and reducing unnecessary carbon emissions.

Growth of battery recycling being realised

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