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Rise of electric cars creates a challenge for recycling car batteries


The drive to replace polluting petrol and diesel cars with a new breed of electric vehicles has began to gather momentum. But there is an unanswered environmental question at the heart of the electric car movement: what to do with their half-tonne lithium-ion batteries when they wear out?

The number of electric cars in the world passed the 2m mark in recent years and the International Energy Agency estimates there will be 140m electric cars globally by 2030. This electric vehicle invention however could leave 11m tonnes of spent lithium-ion batteries in need of recycling between now and 2030. 

EU Regulations, which require the makers of batteries to finance the costs of collecting, treating and recycling all collected batteries, are already encouraging tie-ups between carmakers and recyclers.

The lack of recycling capacity is an extremely big issue. It takes so much energy to extract these materials from the ground. If we don’t re-use them we could be making our environmental problems worse. The answer lies in re-using rather than recycling car batteries for which the company has patented a process. Car batteries can still have up to 70% of their capacity when they stop being good enough to power electric vehicles, making them perfect when broken down, tested and re-packaged for functions such as home energy storage.

Use STE waste to recycle lithium-ion batteries. If you are a business in the Manchester and Cheshire area that is in need of an electronic data clear out, contact us today and we’ll send a shredder over to you as soon as possible to efficiently shred your hard drives and recycle your old work computers.  

Source: The guardian

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