New Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Facility in the USA

Ecobat, one of the world’s largest recycler of batteries, has announced plans to build a new lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Arizona – the company’s third lithium-ion battery recycling facility, and its first in North America. Start-up is expected in the third quarter of this year.

The new facility in Casa Grande (Arizona) will initially produce 10,000 estimated tons of recycled material per year, with plans to expand capacity to satisfy the increasing need to recycle lithium-ion batteries. According to Ecobat CEO Marcus Randolph, the American facility – like the ones in Germany and the United Kingdom – would represent “a significant milestone” in the firm’s strategy to grow its lithium-ion battery recycling business to a scale, similar to Ecobat’s world-leading lead battery recycling business. It is planned that Ecobat Casa Grande will repurpose lithium-ion batteries reaching end-of-life through diagnostics, sorting, shredding and material separation to produce a concentrated black mass containing the valuable materials in lithium-ion batteries. “It will be located approximately one mile from the existing Ecobat Resources Arizona facility, which has been using state-of-the-art technology and a highly trained workforce for 15 years to manufacture anodes.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2023, Page 26, Photo: Ecobat)