Lithium Ion Battery (Li-Ion) Recycling
How to Identify Lithium Ion Batteries
Lithium-ion (Li-Ion) batteries are rechargeable batteries that are found in electronic devices such as laptops, cell phones, cameras, power tools, and certain specialty devices. These batteries are comprised of nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese, electrolyte, and certain forms of plastic casing. The metals and plastics they contain can be reused in new products, so there is value in recycling them.
Li-ion batteries are one of the most popular types of rechargeable batteries, due to their high energy density and low self-discharge. Because of their power and longevity, these batteries are becoming a common replacement for many uses, spanning outside of just home electronics.
How Lithium Ion Batteries Work
Chemicals inside most batteries begin to break apart once the battery is put to use. This process creates a reaction where ions and electrons are produced to create energy for whatever the battery is powering.
The problem with most batteries is that this can only happen once. Lithium-ion batteries solve this issue because they are rechargeable, providing both high energy density and a long lifespan.
Li-ion batteries work like many other batteries in that they release these electrons from one end of the battery to the other, in order to release energy. These two ends are known as the anode and the cathode. In regular batteries, this process can only happen once before the battery becomes useless.
The chargers that are used for lithium-ion batteries fix this problem by moving the ions in the opposite direction they were moving when in use. As they flow back from the cathode to the anode, the battery’s energy is restored and ready for reuse.
However, these batteries don’t last forever. As time goes on, the charge ability and energy begins to degrade. When the time comes that they can’t do the job anymore, be sure to reach out to Battery Recyclers of America to ensure that the materials in the battery can be reused for other products.
Lithium Ion Battery Recycling Experts
Battery Recyclers of America services all 50 states in our efforts to provide a positive contribution to environmental sustainability. We use EPA-approved facilities all across the country to provide industry-leading solutions for your spent battery needs.
When you work with us, we offer premium battery recycling and transportation solutions for a variety of spent batteries. And with 10+ years of experience, you can be sure our team has the expertise and certified processes needed to get the job done.
If you’re in need of full-service lithium-ion battery recycling services, then make sure you choose a team with proven experience. Contact Battery Recyclers of America today to have our team of experts solve any of your battery recycling needs.
Laws and Regulations for Recycling Lithium Ion Batteries
Federal law states that certain batteries must be recycled, and lithium-ion batteries fits this criteria. The “Battery Act” (The Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996) was set out to ensure that batteries such as li-ion batteries can be recycled for reuse, instead of being released into the environment.
Battery Recyclers of America provides battery recycling solutions for any type of batteries. Let us do the heavy lifting to ensure that you join our contribution in recycling the materials used in batteries for further use, and eliminating the risk of the exposing dangerous chemicals into the environment.
Universal Waste Rules
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) created the Universal Waste Regulation to make efficient recycling programs for materials such as batteries. The standards in this rule were created to encourage safe recycling programs and safe disposal, in order to prevent dangerous waste chemicals from harming the environment. Battery Recyclers of America can help you set up recycling programs that satisfy these guidelines, and utilize EPA-approved facilities to maximize the value of your spent batteries.
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For professional battery recycling services that fit your needs, contact Battery Recyclers of America today! With our certified recycling processes and 10+ years of experience, you can be sure that you are following federal guidelines and are contributing to a healthier environment. We look forward to hearing from you!Recycle My Batteries