Disposal of lithium batteries (FOI)
Disposal of lithium batteries (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 10 November 2023.
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What provision is there for the disposal of lithium batteries?
What is the plan to deal with scrapped electric cars as they have a limited life span?
Is a problem being created for the future generations?
The Solid Waste section within Infrastructure and Environment Department (I&E) deals with lithium batteries through a number of different waste streams as detailed below:
- lithium batteries from portable domestic appliances are processed with our small waste electricals at an approved facility in the UK
- rechargeable lithium batteries (AA, AAA type) are included with other small portable batteries that are processed at an approved facility in the UK.
Discussions have been held with a number of processors in the UK who are able to accept vehicle lithium batteries for recycling processing.
No whole electric vehicles have been bought to I&E for disposal to date.
I&E are currently negotiating a new contract for operating the Waste Metal Facility, which will include the receipt and processing of ‘End-of-Life Vehicles’, both internal combustion engine and electrically powered.
It should be noted that no further information regarding this contract and work stream can be provided at present at it would be exempt under Article 33 (commercial interests) and Article 35 (formulation and development of policies) of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 since the contact and policy are currently in the negotiation stages.
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