Electric vehicles boosts supply

Recycling plant invests to handle battery surge

Electric vehicles are creating a need for recycling

Scotland’s first dedicated battery recycling plant is expanding its facilities to handle a potential doubling of its workload from the growth of electric vehicles.

Belmont Trading is investing £300,000 in its dismantling lines at its plant in Kilwinning, Ayrshire to handle up to 12,000 tonnes of battery waste every year,

It currently recycles all types of domestic and industrial batteries, handling a large percentage of the UK’s battery recycling, with the remaining volumes destined for refineries in Europe and the US. 

As the UK looks increasingly towards more electric vehicle sales, Belmont has revamped its 25,000 sq ft recycling facility workspace.

The 21-employee company operates in conjunction with Urecycle Oy Oulu, Finland and is a division of Belmont Trading based in Chicago.

Jeff Borrman, managing director,  said: “The rising number of electric vehicles comes with an increasing demand for Li-Ion batteries and we are already starting to work with the automotive and telecoms industry on recycling strategies for these batteries.”

Elements within these batteries such as cobalt and nickel are valuable, so it is economically worthwhile to recycle EV batteries.

“Whilst this can be quite a time and cost consuming process, it has to be planned properly,” said Mr Borrman,

“Hence our move to adapt our industrial plant to prepare for the increase in EV battery numbers which we anticipate will increase markedly in the coming years.

“The key at all times is to extract maximum value with minimum environmental impact by recycling in the UK.”


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