100% Green Ethos
Our company and partners are committed to being green and are constantly looking fro new ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
In order to remain 100% Eco-Friendly and prevent a carbon free service, all of our recovery collections are carried out using 100% electric vans.
It’s really easy to start recycling your batteries.
Simply contact us and we will run you through our simple recycling collection process.
We Drop Off
Once you’re signed on we’ll deliver a brand new Eco-Recover bin to match the amount of e-waste you produce.
What Happens To the lithium-Ion
Batteries After Collection:
The Recycling Process
If dealing with electric vehicle battery packs, we will discharge batteries using a smart electronics system. Some of this work is highly innovative and grant-funded by the UK Government, but we also have an incumbent off-the-shelf system which we can use while the new technology is in development. If dealing with portable batteries, we can discharge these in solution.
If dealing with electric vehicle battery packs, we dismantle, test and shred the cells. We use physical / mechanical separation systems to liberate the black mass and separate various components (such as the current collectors). If dealing with portable batteries, we will shred these and separate the black mass from other components physically / mechanically.
We supply the component parts to downstream recyclers while developing our own recycling processes to manufacture battery-ready materials or other materials we can supply directly into manufacturing supply chains.
What Happens Next?
The materials are recycled to such a clean stream that the materials can be sold back into manufacturing. A great example of this is our lead oxide process which we have designed with Cambridge University.
Why is Recycling important?
The Next Step in Being more Environmentally Friendly
Lithium-ion batteries offer a greener alternative to carbon Fuels, however there is still an element of environmental consequence to producing these energy cells.
The making of these batteries does have some small amount of waste production involved that unfortunately can not be avoided. However by recycling the batteries we can avoid the cells ending up in landfills and even natural environments such as oceans.
Businesses who want to take an active role in helping the environment, should be responsible when it comes to recycling.
Making Battery Use Safer
Another common issue that arises with the lithium-ion batteries is overheating. This can occur when they are overcharged or simply stored in an environment that is too warm.
When they overheat, lithium-ion batteries can catch fire or even explode, resulting in fires that not only damage the premises but also pose a huge risk to those close by.
It is important that batteries are stored correctly and old batteries should be disposed of as soon as possible to avoid these situations. Retailers and manufacturers will often store old batteries for periods of time, because they do not know how to dispose of them.
Setting up your recycling system ensures that your batteries do not pose an unnecessary risk to you or your business.
Businesses all around the world have decided to take action and be more environmentally conscious. However many retailers do not yet know their legal responsibilities.
Retailers and manufacturers, referred to collectively as “producers”, are legally responsible for the recycling of the lithium-ion batteries they sell. Discover what your legal responsibilities are below:
The Legal Responsibilities of Retailers and Manufacturers
Under the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, it is a legal requirement that producers of lithium-ion batteries do the following:
- take back waste industrial batteries from end users or waste disposal authorities free of charge and provide certain information for end users
- ensure all batteries taken back are delivered and accepted by an approved treatment and recycling operator
- keep a record of the amount of tonnes of batteries placed on the market and taken back
- register as a producer with the Secretary of State
- report to the Secretary of State on the weight of batteries placed on the market and collected in each compliance period (each 12 months starting from 1 January).