GTS pays its customers to recycle their old batteries through its facilities in the form of cash or credits. Advanced new “Value-Added Battery Recycling Technologies” make this possible.
Lithium batteries are dangerous and must be properly recycled.
- All lithium batteries contain highly flammable electrolytes that can heat up and catch fire without warning.
- With age, risks of overheating and fire continue to grow, even after batteries have completed their useful life.
- Lithium batteries should never be kept in use longer than three years.
- Old batteries must be promptly removed and recycled, and never kept as “spares.”
Value can be extracted with new technologies:
- Lithium batteries contain graphite, lithium metal oxides, cobalt, nickel, manganese, gold, various amounts of copper, and aluminum, all of which can be used as raw materials in new products, if they are properly recycled.
- More than half of the world’s supply of cobalt comes from the Congo which has had two civil wars in recent years and uses child labor to extract the metal.
- About half of the world’s supply of lithium comes from Bolivia, an unreliable trading partner.
- In spite of this, less than 5% of lithium batteries around the world are properly recycled.