Batteries for Britain

Monday 14th August 2017
UK first battery recycling plant

Ecosurety & Belmont Trading UK Ltd kick-start the first UK battery recycling plant in a partnership that could see the UK become self-sufficient in battery recycling,

A partnership between leading resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety and Belmont Trading UK Limited, a global leader in secure and sustainable reuse and recycling solutions, will see the UK processing its own battery waste before the end of the year.  The arrangement is to process up to 20,000 tonnes of batteries per annum that would cover the UK’s entire battery waste requirements, and effectively create the UK’s first functioning battery recycling plant. It also makes the UK can becoming self-sufficient in battery recycling,  as the country prepares to leave the EU.

The partnership has the potential to halt the current UK’s shipment of batteries to Europe for recycling, thus dramatically lowering the country’s waste export bill. Costs will also be reduced  for the  producers, owing to the fact that export rates will no longer be included on batteries.

The batteries will be recycled at Belmont’s Kilwinning site, near Glasgow. Over £300,000 worth of equipment will be installed on site by September this year to enable the sorting and shredding of batteries to commence from November 2017.

Damian Lambkin, head of innovation at Ecosurety, who helped instigate the project with Belmont Trading UK Limited, says, “This partnership means the UK could potentially stop sending batteries abroad for recycling, reducing the additional environmental impacts of shipping tens of thousands of tonnes of potentially hazardous waste across the sea to Northern Europe every year.

“It is also a big win for producers who will not have to cover the additional cost burdens of sending spent batteries overseas. This is proof that the UK waste and recycling industry can find its own innovative solutions to our waste resourcing issues through partnership working.”

Jeff Borrman, UK Managing Director at Belmont Trading UK Limited, says “This partnership dovetails with our core ethos to create ethical and responsible solutions that will make the world sustainable for future generations. We strongly believe that greater transparency between producers and reprocessors can revolutionise their relationships, a vision we know is 100 per cent shared by Ecosurety, and we look forward to helping domestic battery producers extract maximum economic value with minimum environmental impact by recycling in the UK.”

 

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