Nyrstar study to consider battery recycling expansion

Nyrstar study to consider battery recycling expansion

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October 5, 2023: Nyrstar Australia is considering options to expand its battery recycling operations backed by South Australia’s state government, the company announced on September 26.

Nyrstar is to conduct a feasibility study that could extend recovery of key battery minerals including cobalt, lithium, zinc, nickel and copper — supported by an A$32,500 ($20,000) grant by the agency Green Industries SA.

In September 2022, Nyrstar Australia became the first accredited company under the country’s federal B-cycle scheme to recycle zinc and copper from alkaline batteries and return them to international commodity markets.

Nyrstar co-CEO Dale Webb said the company is already processing millions of alkaline batteries at its Port Pirie multi-metals processing facility.

 In July, Port Pirie was granted an extended five-year operating licence, due in part to its upgrades in lead-in-air environmental performance.

Webb said that that the licence from the Environmental Protection Agency — which has only issued yearly licences for the past three years — was the result of intensive efforts to improve the site’s performance.

Nyrstar is also working on a new A$23 million product recycling facility (see image), co-funded with the South Australian government, that will store and mix intermediate production materials.