Li-Cycle to Add Fourth Recycling Facility

Li-Cycle Corp of Toronto, ON has announced plans to build a fourth commercial lithium-ion recycling facility in North America, to be located in Tuscaloosa, AL. The company already has three North American Spokes (facilities): in Kingston, ON, Rochester, NY, and Gilbert, AZ (under construction).

When completed, Li-Cycle’s Spoke 4 facility will have an initial annual capacity of up to 5,000 tonnes of battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries. Bringing Li-Cycle’s total North American recycling capacity to 25,000 tonnes/year. The company adds that the Tuscaloosa site is being developed to accommodate a future, second 5,000 tonnes/year processing line. The new plant is projected to commence operations by mid-2022.

Tim Johnston, Li-Cycle’s Executive Chairman, said, “Our new facility in Alabama positions us well to meet the growing demand for lithium-ion battery recycling. Originally, we had planned on rolling out three commercial Spoke facilities in North America over the next five years, with a total recycling capacity of 20,000 tonnes/year. However, demand for lithium-ion battery has continued to outperform our forecasts and we are now forecasting total recycling capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year. This facility is essential in filling a recycling gap in the southeastern U.S. Like our Arizona Spoke, we expect the new facility to have the capability to process entire vehicle battery packs, without dismantling.”

Volume 35, Issue 17

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