Scrap dealer Recycling Lives, has received permission from the UK government on a new battery treatment and sorting centre, as it has received ABTO (Approved Battery Treatment Operator) status.
Work on a specialist battery treatment centre is underway, with a site in Workington scheduled to open in March this year. The site will set the new industry standard for collection, storage and sorting of all battery types, with full traceability of each cell’s life journey from source.
By securing ABTO status, Recycling Lives can now sort, process, recycle and export all types of battery, from button cells commonly found in wristwatches, to lithium batteries, such as those found in e-scooters and vapes, plus everything in between.
Recycling Lives’ Senior Commercial Manager, AJ Marsh who spearheaded the development of the Workington site, commented: “We’re really pleased to have achieved ABTO status and are excited to get started at our Workington plant once it opens in March.
“As part of our existing recycling network, we have great connections with key disposal routes in the UK and on the continent, which means we’re already set up to keep much of processing in the UK, which is far more sustainable than exporting.
“Batteries can be a major pollutant during the disposal process, and yet contain a wealth of materials, such as lithium, which continue to be mined from the earth. Recycling Lives believe, with efficient recycling and extraction processes, we can help reduce long term damage to the planet. Lithium-ion batteries are also believed to contribute to almost half of all waste fires in the UK, which is why it is imperative that they are recycled using the best possible solution. Recycling Lives is committing to taking all types of cells and chemistries; no matter what battery it is, we’ll process, sort and recycle it via the most sustainable and reputable disposer route.”
The UK firm head-quartered in Preston also recently achieved ‘B Corporation’ status which similar to ISO certification, companies are scored based on aspects of their environmental and social policies.