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"Revolutionizing Sustainability: The E-Bike Battery Recycling Program"


The current recycling process for spent lithium-ion batteries in North America includes sorting batteries before shredding, which are then processed into black mass and further into sulfates. The material is then exported overseas, most often to China and South Korea, for further processing.

There's different companies in the US who uses patented technology as novel and advanced hydrometallurgical approach that closes the recycling loop by directly converting recycling scrap into battery-grade precursor cathode active material (pCAM) without being exported for further processing.

its process significantly reduces production time, yielding pCAM in around 12 hours. It also emits up to 90% fewer GHG emissions than virgin materials processing.

The Atoka plant is the first in North America capable of processing unsorted black mass of different Li-ion battery chemistries into pCAM at commercial scale, ensuring 99% purity. The plant is expected to create 2 metric tons of pCAM at battery grade, or the equivalent of 72,000 smartphone batteries per day, with plans to quadruple this capacity within the coming year.

By onshoring black mass and battery waste processing with cathode and anode material production, battery manufacturers and recyclers can significantly reduce the cost and CO2 emissions impacts of their operations and supply chains.



THANKS TO A NEW PROGRAM POWERED BY CALL2RECYCLE, TENS OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF E-BIKE BATTERIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECYCLED.

Bike manufacturers have designed a program, endorsed by the non-profit People for Bikes, to provide riders with a safe and reliable way to keep their used e-bike batteries out of landfills. The program is called Hungry for Batteries.

According to the program’ s website Hungryforbatteries.org, more than 12 million e-bikes will be sold in the U.S. between 2020 and 2030. That means 12 million batteries powering those e-bikes will need to be collected and recycled.

To ensure those batteries are safely and responsibly handled and kept out of landfills, more than 40 bike industry leaders from 20 PeopleForBikes member companies united under a sustainability task force and e-bike committee to design an industry-leading e-bike battery recycling program in collaboration with Call2Recycle.


When a battery has reached the end of its life, riders can search for a recycling hub. There are currently more than 1,900 retail drop-off locations across the U.S., and the number is growing every day. With a location search option, it’s easy to find the nearest in-person drop-off location near you.

UPS employees are trained to pick up Call2Recycle recycling kits from the drop-off locations, and freight is paid for by the program, not the retailer. The materials recovered from the recycled batteries are used in the manufacturing of new products.


How do you know when to recycle an e-bike battery?


According to Hungryforbatteries.org, batteries older than two years, or those beginning to decrease in performance may be close to the end of their life. Signs of breakdown include long charging times, not fully charging, and losing charge quickly.

A lack of power or a fluctuation in power are also sure signs that your e-bike’s battery is nearing its end. Generally, a high-quality lithium ion e-bike battery can last anywhere from 2-5 years. This lifetime depends on a number of factors including the type of battery and how well it is taken care of.

For brands and bike shops interested in getting involved, reach out to ebikeprogram@call2recycle.org for more information.


Source: Bicycling Magazine



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