You may have seen in the UK recently, and I'm sure elsewhere, much misinformation and misleading headlines about stockpiles of batteries not being recycled. It's the usual lazy journalism and Koch Brother funded BS we have to deal with on a daily basis. This article clarifies the reality. For a deeper dive I also had Hans Eric Melin on my 'This week in Cleantech' podcast recently where we covered second life and recycling in depth. You can hear the episode here.
over 1.2 million tonnes of waste batteries will be recycled in 2030. Although it sounds like a massive number, the recycling industry is in fact well prepared and will most probably fight for the volumes. This is good news for the energy storage industry, as it is for all other businesses placing lithium-ion batteries on the market. More competition means better prices and hopefully both better service and more efficient processes. The so often quoted “lack of recycling” can be removed from the list of concerns anyone might have when investing in lithium-ion batteries.