Primary Lithium batteries are the most reactive chemistry currently being sold into the household consumer and industrial markets. When managing these batteries, exhaustive care is required to ensure the batteries do not unintentionally react or short circuit, which could lead to fire or even an explosion.
We have been recycling these highly reactive batteries for over 20 years, and have processed over 25 million pounds, which is why we have become the most trusted recycler in the world to manage this material. Many international companies choose to ship their lithium batteries to us, from locations halfway across the world, just to ensure their lithium batteries are managed in the safest way possible.
In addition, we hold the unique distinction of being the only company in the world that can recycle any size or type of lithium battery.
We utilize a proprietary cryogenic process for pre-treating all highly reactive lithium batteries. The effect of this process is to make the batteries less reactive, which in turn makes the batteries capable of further physical separation.
The batteries are then fed by conveyor to an automated crusher, which operates under a liquid solution to prevent fugitive emissions and to reduce the reactivity of processed batteries. The resulting materials include metal solids and a lithium-enriched solution. The metal solids are fully recovered and used as raw materials in various new products. The lithium-enriched solution undergoes a Retriev exclusive chemical process, which generates Lithium Carbonate, a raw material that can be reused in numerous industrial applications.