The Israel Electronics Recycling Corporation has begun the roll out of receptacles for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in electric bicycles and scooters but not electric cars.  

The company, known in Hebrew by its acronym M.A.I., began distributing containers last week in Jerusalem and Rishon Lezion. 

The move comes nearly two years after a law on recycling electronic waste and batteries was expanded to include the lithium-ion batteries used in electric scooters and bikes. 

The batteries will be sent to a sorting facility in the northern West Bank settlement of Shilo, which will be able to prepare, pack and send the batteries off in special containers to recycling plants in Europe. 

Lithium-ion batteries are almost entirely recyclable. Reusing component metals saves on additional mining and can reduce battery costs.  

Conversely, dumping batteries in landfills can cause fires, and toxic substances can leach out and contaminate soil and groundwater. 

This is why it is important that companies begin to recycle and reuse lithium batteries. Companies such as Redwood Materials have already begun recycling batteries and intend to use this system to utilise their supply chain. 

Source: The Times of Israel