July 01, 2018
From Innovation Is Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Harder To Recycle / forbes.com
Without a recycling market, battery owners are left with a disposal cost instead of a recycling incentive.
Yan Wang, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and founder of Battery Resourcers, one of nine recycling firms listed on EPRI's website.
"Currently most lithium-ion batteries are landfilled," according to Battery Resourcers. "If they are recycled, only the metal value from the batteries is recovered.”
Wang says Battery Resourcers has developed a process for recovering cathode materials like cobalt, as well as aluminum, copper, plastics, graphite, methanol and other chemicals used in the recycling process. It's striving to produce them cheaply enough that it will make sense for battery manufacturers to purchase recycled materials instead of mining new ones.