Scottish battery recycling company Belmont Trading is adding new dismantling lines to its facility in order to prepare for the disassembly of a growing number of electric vehicle (EV) batteries (Li-Ion).

Belmont Trading UK’s Kilwinning plant currently recycles all types of domestic and industrial batteries.

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The plant receives a majority of the products from the UK market and the remaining volumes from Europe and the US.

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

In order to cope with the changing trends, Belmont has upgraded its 25,000ft² recycling facility with a £300,000 investment to install the equipment that can sort and shred thousands of batteries every day.

The newly installed dismantling lines are said to be capable of coping with the disassembly of Lithium Li-Ion EV batteries, which are used in electric cars, forklift trucks, electric golf trolleys and e-bikes.

Belmont Trading UK managing director Jeff Bormann said:  “The rising number of electric vehicles comes along with an increasing demand for Li-Ion batteries and we are already starting to work with the automotive and telecoms industry on its 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, 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.”