Battery Stewardship Council Announces Early Review of B-cycle Scheme.

/BSC announces review

The Battery Stewardship Council (BSC) has announced an early review of the current B-cycle battery scheme.  Initially set for reauthorisation by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in September 2025. Due to economic pressures and mounting frustration from collectors and recyclers, this review is being expedited to before the end of 2024. A reduction […]

Growth of battery recycling being realised

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 […]

The transition to renewables falls behind.

Ecobatt's transition to renewables

The transition to renewables through wind and solar builds is not progressing as rapidly as the government would like.    Big batteries are emerging as the primary source of power to help avoid blackouts, balance supply and demand, and smooth out volatile prices.  According to consultancy, Rystad Energy, 2024 is set to be the start of […]

Demand for Lithium-ion Batteries grows

Lithium-ion Batteries

As the demand for lithium-ion batteries grows managing their end-of-life recycling is an increasingly important issue for manufacturers, and suppliers. Particularly, sectors such as electric vehicles, stationary energy storage, and consumer electronics  who are all experiencing dramatic growth. Recyclers are turning their attention to extracting valuable metals with the prospects of re-using those materials in […]

The importance of recycling EV batteries is slowly being recognised

Battery collection Container

The importance of recycling EV batteries is slowly being recognised throughout the world.  Companies along the battery supply chain are investing billions of dollars in recycling capabilities.  Furthermore, they are confronting projected shortages of the raw materials that will power the next generation of electric vehicles. Importantly, a recent article in the Financial Review outlined […]

Expired electric-car batteries set to be a major problem.

Expired Electric car batteries

Expired electric-car batteries are set to be a major problem from 2030.  New research by the University of Technology Sydney has revealed 30,000 tonnes of used electric vehicle batteries will enter the waste stream in Australia by 2030; Just seven years from now. Their work commissioned by Battery Stewardship Council found that: There are an […]

Delivering what they say

Tesla's lithium-ion battery in South Australia paves way for battery-led energy future

Delivering what they say is not something that many organizations do.  In an era of social media, it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon.  Especially making statements about your commitment to decarbonisation and recycling, without backing it up with a sound operating philosophy. Indeed, Ecobatt, and the Recycal group of companies are specialist recyclers who […]

Prices of Critical Metals impede penetration of EV vehicles in China

car battery

Prices of Critical Metals will impede the penetration of EV vehicles in China.  An academic paper has highlighted the challenges with a sobering market analysis.  The world-wide demand for the critical metals of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese will put pressure both on production and pricing.  Getting buy in from the world’s largest market of […]

Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

Could grinding up Lithium batteries help recycle them

Recycling Lithium-ion batteries is becoming a more important initiative for many of the world’s largest companies.  The increasing usage of mobile phones, laptops and wireless technology means that efficiently recycling of lithium-ion is all important. New research shows that grinding up old batteries might lead to a low-energy way to recycle the lithium and other […]

Recycling old batteries to work as new

Recycled battery materials can work as well as new ones

Recycling old batteries to work as new might sound unrealistic but new independent tests show it can be done.  Redwood Materials, a US specialist recycling company believes that using cathodes can revolutionise the process.  How much power a battery holds, and how long it lasts, depends on its lattice of metallic atoms-how well it can […]

Can Battery Recycling for Electric cars keep pace

Can Battery Recycling for Electric cars keep pace

Battery recycling for electric cars is not an easy business model. Whilst more US companies are interested in recycling of electric car batteries, a recent article in the New York Times exposed the pitfalls.   Also, according to their research, it could be a decade or more before enough used lithium -ion batteries become available to […]

New research into recycling lithium-ion batteries

Charging up for sustainable change.

New research into recycling lithium-ion batteries is being conducted by James Cook University (JCU) PhD Candidate, Emenike Okonkwo.  “The method I’ve developed through my research is more eco-friendly and cost effective because it reduces the quantity of toxic chemicals in the overall process of recycling lithium-ion batteries”. Okonkwo said. Okonkwo moved from Nigeria to complete […]

How a workplace battery recycling program can save your business money

How a workplace battery recycling program can save your business money

Less than 10% of batteries sold in Australia each year are recycled, with the rest ending up in landfill. That’s crazy, and not just from an environmental point of view. It overlooks the financial benefits that businesses can gain from recycling batteries. Some benefits are obvious, while others are less so. 1. Reduced landfill costs […]

How Australian hotels are running their own battery recycling schemes

How Australian hotels are running their own battery recycling schemes

What do Accor, Hilton, Crown, Mercure and Langham have in common? Sure, they’re all high profile hotel chains, but what most people don’t know is that they also run their own battery recycling schemes. That’s great because hotels go through more batteries than you might imagine. Every room has a TV remote control, bedside clock […]

Australia could lead the way with lithium-ion battery recycling, says CSIRO report

Australia could lead the way with lithium-ion battery recycling, says CSIRO report

A recent report from CSIRO, Lithium battery recycling in Australia, found that a local lithium-ion battery recycling industry is both economically and environmentally achievable. The report indicates that Australia could be the world leader for the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries. However, the creation of an onshore recycling industry will rely on a number […]

Why Australia needs to recycle lithium batteries to keep up with demand

Why Australia Needs To Recycle Lithium Batteries To Keep Up With Demand

Lithium is the lightest of all metals, and that’s a key reason why lithium-based batteries are used in everything from phones to electric vehicles (EVs) to home and grid-scale storage batteries: more power capacity for less weight. And as the demand for gadgets, electric cars and home storage batteries begins to take off, a couple […]

Where to take batteries, globes and e-waste for recycling

Where To Take Batteries, Globes And E-Waste For Recycling

Wouldn’t it be great if recycling batteries, lighting waste and electronic waste (e-waste) was as easy as recycling our plastic bottles and newspapers? Unfortunately, that’s not quite the case but with just a little extra effort it is possible to make sure all these types of waste, and the nasty things they contain, are responsibly […]

Battery recycling market expected to be worth USD $11.83bn by 2022

Battery Recycling Market Expected To Be Worth USD $11.83bn By 2022

A recent report from forecasts that the global battery recycling market will grow from US$8.1 billion in 2016 to US$11.83 billion by 2022, an annual growth rate of 6.5%. Driving this growth is the increase in the number of batteries in use, and an expected tightening of environmental regulations by local and national governments. […]

Are rechargeable batteries recyclable?

Are rechargeable batteries recyclable?

Are rechargeable batteries recyclable? The short answer is ‘yes’. Actually, that’s pretty much the long answer too. Rechargeable batteries are just as recyclable as their non-rechargeable counterparts. In fact, good old 12-volt lead-acid car batteries enjoy a higher rate of recycling, over 95% in some countries, than any other type of battery. Waste-reduction champions Rechargeable […]

Battery recycling helps Australian businesses meet environmental targets

Battery Recycling Helps Australian Businesses Meet Environmental Targets

When businesses set environmental targets it isn’t simply for the warm glow of doing something good for the planet. It’s also good for the bottom line. For example, implementing the international environmental standard ISO 14001 provides benefits including a competitive and financial advantage, improved environmental performance by suppliers, and improved company reputation and the confidence […]

How Ecocycle collects and transports batteries

How Ecocycle Collects And Transports Batteries

One of the keys to boosting recycling is to make the whole process as simple as possible. When it comes to hand-held batteries, only a small fraction are currently recycled. Most go into the rubbish bin, so to make it easier for people to get involved in battery recycling, Ecocycle pays a lot of attention […]