New approaches promise to set a new bar for large-scale battery recycling: Report
Lux’s new report, “Clear-Cut Opportunities in Battery Recycling,” evaluates battery recycling opportunities for chemical and materials companies, cathode manufacturers, and automotive OEMs and examines emerging startups and where they fit along the traditional battery value chain. To identify opportunities in the Li-ion battery recycling industry, the report addresses key questions:
What technologies are needed to build effective battery recycling streams?
How are companies utilising and scaling new recycling technologies?
What business strategies should companies consider for entry into commercial battery recycling?
Five-thousand-tonne steel bridge taken away for recycling in the Netherlands
Working with the tide, Dutch heavy-lift specialist Mammoet spent Sunday night removing a redundant 5,000-tonne, 30-metre-high steel arch bridge over the Lek River at Vianen in central Netherlands.
It will spend the next two weeks working 24/7 to cut the structure into pieces in the outer harbour of the Princess Beatrix lock in preparation for its recycling back into raw steel.
Mammoet said the plan was to reduce the size of the structure enough for it to pass under the adjacent Jan Blankenbrug bridge for demolition at the Mammoet terminal in Schiedam, from where the parts will go for final recycling. Mamoet has more.
UN report: E-waste in Eastern Europe/Caucasus/Central Asia jumps ~50% in a decade
Electronic waste generated in the Commonwealth of Independent States + Georgia rose by 50% between 2010 and 2019, roughly the world average, but overall just 3.2% was collected and safely managed, well below the 17.4% average worldwide, according to the UN’s first report dedicated to the e-waste issue in the 12 former Soviet Union countries.
The regional e-waste total jumped from 1.7 Mt to 2.5 Mt (an average 8.7 kg per citizen), with Russia generating the most e-waste in both absolute and per inhabitant terms.
The findings are published in the first-ever “Regional E-waste Monitor, CIS + Georgia,” produced by the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme, co-hosted by the UN University (UNU) and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Read the UNU Release here.
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