Redwood materials has announced that it is expanding its partnership with Volkswagen of America to collect more end-of-life batteries from consumer electronics and strip out the valuable materials so they can be used to make batteries for electric vehicles. 

Volkswagen of America and Audi contracted with Redwood last year to recover and recycle end-of-life EV battery packs from its thousand-dealership network in the United States.  

Audi then continued to expand their partnership by launching a consumer-focused recycling program. 

Through the expansion of their partnership, Volkswagen of America has agreed to set up bins at certain dealerships to collect consumer electronics. T 

The batteries and devices, including cell phones, cordless power tools, electric toothbrushes, wireless headphones and other lithium-ion-powered devices that are collected in the bins, will be sent to Redwood’s Nevada facility to be repurposed as EV batteries. 

The consumer recycling program will officially launch at 14 dealerships April 22, including locations in New Jersey and Wisconsin.  

Volkswagen will also set up a bin during the New York International Auto Show, which will be held from April 5 to April 16. Additional dealerships will be added throughout the year.