Lithium batteries finally recycled!
For many, riding a scooter or electric bicycle is an environmentally friendly act. However, this mode of transportation has its drawbacks. The eco-organization, Screlec, intends to put an end to them.
Polluting electric batteries
When you walk around major French cities, it is not uncommon to come face to face with abandoned electrical machines on the roadside or even in the middle of the river. But leaving these vehicles out in the open, especially in the water, is a “form of ecocide” for Elodie, a volunteer at Sea Shepherd. Lithium batteries in these vehicles may contain toxic polymers that stagnate in the environment. “If they remain in the water for a few years, their components will release under the effect of corrosion,” informs researcher Yves Lévi. As a result, their lifespan is reduced. The other negative point of ecomobility concerns the management of products that no longer work. The mission of the Screlec project is to provide a sustainable solution at the end of the life of soft mobility devices.
The E-mobility program
Screlec is a specialist in recycling batteries for sustainable mobility vehicles. This eco-organization has been carrying out a mission of general interest for 20 years in two sectors, with Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR): Professional Print Cartridges and Batteries and Accumulators. In 2021, Screlec will expand its collection by recovering electric batteries as part of its E-mobility program. In this sense, the organization is ahead of the French legislation that does not yet require this type of initiative for small electric mobility vehicles.
The eco-organization offers producers and distributors of e-mobility vehicles three types of services. Firstly, to bring their products up to standard, secondly to take charge of used batteries, and finally to support them in securing their supply. E-Mobility is aimed at all players, individuals, local authorities, and industrial companies.
A circular economy of electric batteries
Screlec has already started to act! It has collected and recycled 30 tons of batteries. Its ambition for 2021 goes beyond the last balance sheet. The objective is to collect at least 50 tons. The collections make it possible to reuse the materials present in lithium-Ion batteries (aluminum, copper, cobalt, etc.). But that’s not all. The eco-organization is studying what second life it could give to the batteries collected. It also intends to correct incivilities by collecting electric scooters and bicycles.
Sources : Screlec ; Le Point ; Natura Sciences, We Demain
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