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Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 13:59
by MikeD
I have a number of old Thundersky lithium batteries and need to dispose of them. Any suggestions on where to take them?

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 14:10
by jonescg
Batteryworld has a recycling (collection and shipping) arrangement. They will take them.

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 17:01
by HuffnPuff
Is it true that lithium batteries are able to be recycled well? I thought Iā€™d heard that, but others have said lithium batteries are going to be a big problem when we start getting lots of old electric cars.

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 17:29
by Adverse Effects
you can reclaim something like 98% of a lithium batteries

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Fri, 12 Jul 2019, 19:16
by brendon_m
There was some company who recycles old EV cells and found that new cells made from recycled lithium (and the other stuff) outperformed "virgin" material made cells

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Sat, 13 Jul 2019, 03:21
by francisco.shi
Currently in Australia we can not recycle lithium batteries.
It goes like this:
We used to collect them and send them overseas for recycling. Then some time ago some ships carrying lithium batteries caught fire. After that no-one wants to carry the old cells because of the fire danger. After that we have been collecting them and storing them hoping the problem will go away.
Then the government gave the CSIRO some money to do a study of how we can go about recycling them. They are currently doing the study.
The end result will most likely be that it is not viable to recycle the batteries in Australia until the volume increases beyond a certain level. In the meantime we will probably store them until the problem gets too big then burry them as chemical waste until it becomes expensive enough that some one will put up the money for the recycling plant.

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Sat, 13 Jul 2019, 09:30
by T1 Terry
What size cells? I'm experimenting with reviving near dead cells for house battery use and using the dead cells electrolyte to top up cells that have vented some of their electrolyte. The electrolyte harvest and transfer can only be done on very cold mornings, otherwise it simply boils away before the transfer is completed.

T1 Terry

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Sat, 13 Jul 2019, 18:58
by brunohill

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Tue, 16 Jul 2019, 12:37
by Richo
francisco.shi wrote: ā†‘
Sat, 13 Jul 2019, 03:21
some ships carrying lithium batteries caught fire.
...
The end result will most likely be that it is not viable to recycle the batteries in Australia until the volume increases beyond a certain level.
We could just "short circuit" all of that and set fire to them now. :lol:

Envirostream looks interesting.
I think I have some dead headway's laying around I could send them.
They specifically say about the output as steel, copper, aluminium and "mixed metal compound".
To my way of thinking is they don't specifically extract the lithium.

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Tue, 30 Jul 2019, 15:10
by SelinaS19
Watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKFOqMZmuA8 and also watch this one because it's actually what I usually do https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLIeQOgPmBE

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 12:37
by Richo
The first video spelt Nickel wrong.
The second video is just wrong on so many levels.

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 14:55
by SelinaS19
Richo wrote: ā†‘
Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 12:37
The first video spelt Nickel wrong.
The second video is just wrong on so many levels.
Works for me.

Re: Disposing of old lithium batteries

Posted: Thu, 01 Aug 2019, 12:56
by Richo
Used rechargeable batteries are a hazardous waste and should not be placed in the garbage bin.
The fact that they are zero volts or no makes no difference in the end.

But I guess the OP should have titled it "responsibly disposing of lithium batteries".
The assumption was Mike already knew how to put a battery in the bin so wanted something more appropriate/responsible/ethical.