UK first sustainable battery recycling scheme for eBike, scooter and moped batteries

Eco Recover has joined forces with Fenix Battery Recycling to set up a recycling scheme for PEV (Personal Electric Vehicle) batteries across the UK and Ireland. A pilot scheme is running in the South West and will be rolled out across the UK.

Eco Recover is a new division of EcoMove, an electric bike, scooter, and moped business based in Bristol. It sets out to provide a complete, reliable and eco-friendly battery recycling solution for businesses across the UK.

In a first for the UK, the batteries will be recycled in the UK. This will reduce the carbon emissions in the treatment process by reducing transport. Until now, batteries from eScooters, electric mopeds and ebikes had to be exported to the USA or Europe for recycling. 

By 2025, it's estimated that there will be 4 million eScooters, 12000 electric mopeds and 350K eBikes on the market, resulting in catastrophic numbers of lithium-ion batteries going to landfill. 

The new scheme aims to increase the number of batteries recycled in the UK and make lithium-ion battery recycling cleaner and more sustainable.

The recycling scheme, which is the first of its kind in the UK, means people across the country can drop off end-of-life lithium-ion batteries from electric bikes, scooters and mopeds at one of Eco Recover’s collection points.

The batteries will then be collected and recycled at Fenix Battery Recycling depot in the Midlands. Fenix are the only UK based lithium-ion battery recycling facility. All of the collections carried out by Eco Recover will be done using 100% electric vehicles, further minimising their contribution to carbon emissions. 

John Dorman, CEO of EcoMove said: "By joining forces with Fenix, our aim is to Increase Lithium-ion Battery recycling in the UK and lead the way in sustainability within the green transport sector.

“Through partnering with Eco Recover, businesses in the green transport sector can provide their customers with a sustainable recycling solution and play a more active role in the management of the Lithium-Ion batteries they produce.”

Damian Lambkin, Business Development Director at Fenix Battery Recycling added: “As Fenix is the only UK-based solution for lithium-ion battery recycling, our partnership with Eco Recover will provide a more eco-friendly recycling solution that does not require materials to be exported to the USA or Europe for recycling.”

As well as lithium-ion battery recycling, Fenix will offer recycling for lithium primary batteries found in portable electronic devices, alkaline batteries and wet and dry NiCad batteries at its mixed-chemistry battery recycling plants.