‘Scotland will be processing the entirety of the UK’s battery waste before the end of 2017.’


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This headline from EnergyVoice announces the building of a new re-processing plant near Kilwinning in Ayrshire. Recycling of 20 000 tonnes per annum will start in November this year.

At the moment, the UK has to send millions of batteries to re-cycling plants in Northern Europe, at great cost and environmental risk.

This one plant will make the UK 100% self-sufficient in battery recycling.



15 thoughts on “‘Scotland will be processing the entirety of the UK’s battery waste before the end of 2017.’

  1. Contrary August 16, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Wow, really? That’s impressive. I know that Sweden is so efficient at recycling now that it has to bring in other countries’ waste to keep their plants up and running.

    I am really terrible at taking my batteries to the recycling, so they tend to build up for a while into a decent pile before I get round to finding a suitable recycling place. What I have found out recently is that dud rectangular 9V batteries (you know, used for smoke detectors, clocks maybe and things), are not very stable and if the contacts touch another 9V battery they can start to burn (etc) – I should say that my jar of batteries have never had any issues – so to prevent this, if you are storing dud 9V batteries, just put a bit of tape over the contacts so there is no direct contact between them and other batteries’. I am sure most people aren’t quite as lazy as me though.

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    • Oraman2 August 17, 2017 / 10:40 am

      Go shopping in aldi they have a battery bin.

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  2. Contrary August 16, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    Not quite of the same caliber as a Viz Hot Tip, but a good health and safety information tip all the same.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Ludo Thierry August 16, 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Hi John – Hi Contrary et al.

    Since Contrary brought up the topic of Viz Hot Tips don’t I recall a rather brilliant Viz suggestion that one should always drill a hole in the fridge door so that you could check if the fridge light was working?

    John – you are producing so many articles re. the plethora of good things happening in Scotland that I simply can’t keep up – and that’s the most fantastic reason for a moan that I’ve ever come across.

    There is a sustainable energy theme running through today’s (prodigious) output. I’m going to throw in a wee paragraph culled from the beeb Scotland website (yes – even the beeb has been unable to ignore this positive story) regarding the Hywind project today moving the final (5th) tethered floating giant turbine into its deep-water position 25 kilometres off Peterhead. The developers (Norway’s Statoil and Abu Dhabi’s Masdar) are now moving into the phase involving hooking up the floating wind farm to deliver all that lovely sustainably produced electricity to the Scottish grid:

    The last turbine has been installed at the world’s first full-scale floating offshore wind farm off the Aberdeenshire coast.

    Five giant wind turbines make up the Hywind pilot development, about 15 miles (25km) from Peterhead.

    The Norwegian oil firm Statoil has been working on developing the project for more than 15 years.

    It allows turbines to be installed in much deeper waters than conventional offshore installations.

    Their height from the water line is 172m, which is almost four times the height of the Forth Bridge.

    The company is now hooking up the cables and hopes to generate the first electricity in October.

    The aim is to generate enough power for about 20,000 homes

    This is a pilot project which Statoil hope will lead to even larger floating windfarms in even deeper water. Can we all remember how the Better Together usual suspects used to stand and scoff when the SNP Govt announced these various projects being put into the planning and development stages? – Well they ain’t scoffing anymore!!

    One by one these imaginative and cutting edge projects come on stream. The brilliance of the engineers, designers and work teams who have made the plans a reality is truly impressive.

    A new and better Scotland – developing sustainable energy generation streams as the demolition work on Scotland’s oldest nuclear generator in Caithness moves into its final phase. There’s a certain pleasing symmetry in these parallel developments.

    The Tory/Labour Westminster Govts obsessing on the ruinously expensive failed nuclear energy chimera versus the SNP Scottish Govt fostering the conditions to deliver an actual sustainable energy future. (I don’t imagine we’ll see Jackie B. drawing out that theme in an extended news item any time soon).

    Cheers all, Ludo


  4. johnrobertson834 August 16, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Thanks Ludo. You’re quite a producer yourself. Make may starter reports a bit sketchy.


  5. Contrary August 16, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    Wow, 172m above water level, that’s big. Maybe we’ll have tour boats taking trips out there? Roll up roll up come see the world’s first floating deep sea windfarm,,, well, I’d go.

    Water on stone? is this another intellectual reference I’m unlikely to get? I’ll stick with Viz Hot Tips for now, me 🙂


  6. johnrobertson834 August 17, 2017 / 7:49 am

    My reports and your comments maybe wearing away Unionism slowly slowly like water on stone? It’s the Amnesty International motto.


  7. Clydebuilt August 17, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Batteries are full of very toxic substances, what effect will processing 20,000 tonnes of these batteries have on Scotland’s environment. Although there will be jobs involved in this, my first reaction is not positive.

    Ludo re the floating wind farms. Last night on the 10.30 pm STV news. The NE. edition main article covered the new wind turbines, the West / Central Scotland edition covered a social health care issue.

    The NE. (Mainly east coast) edition covers developtments in N. Sea oil which are not broadcast to West coast viewers. Is this because STV think it’s West coast audience have no interest in oil or is it to keep the scale of Scotland’s hidden from folk in the West?

    Whatever their reasoning the latter is the effect!


    • johnrobertson834 August 17, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Ah, hadn’t thought of that. Wonder if we can find any environmental assessment?


  8. Thomas Brotherston August 17, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Can I ask where can I read the environmental impact document for this factory.? In the past the rest if the UK has been only too glad to ” let” Scotland have this lucrative business to ourselves. Sure they gave us 7 rusting nuclear submarine hulks lying at Rosyth all to ourselves and who can forget their tempting offer burying Nuclear waste in the Mulwhachar hills?
    Westminster generous to a fault.


  9. Ludo Thierry August 17, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Hi John – Hi all.

    I confess some concern re. possible pollution crossed my mind also – however, I know how much weight Sweden give to protecting the environment which encourages me to believe that this recycling plant can be run safely.

    I’m pretty sure this development is coming on the back of the new, stricter, EU regulations (note the ‘Batteries Directive’ mentioned below):

    Battery Recyclers

    In its ‘Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe’, the European Commission has put the following milestone: ‘By 2020, waste is managed as a resource’.

    Recycling and re-use have to become attractive options for the public and private sectors due to a variety of professional collection schemes in the Member States, and the development of markets for secondary raw materials.

    To increase the efficiency of materials collection for recycling, a number of regulatory instruments are already applicable, such as the Eco-design Directive, the Directive on End-of-Life Vehicles, the Directive on Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment, the Batteries Directive and the Waste Framework Directive. See legislation.

    It sems to be something that is mightily execising minds internationally (see below):

    Where will battery recycling go from here?

    March 21, 2017 by Kirstin Linnenkoper

    Portugal: Around 30% of batteries are recycled in Portugal, while Belgium, Denmark and Sweden have already surpassed the mandatory EU target of 45%. But there is a story behind the figures – and this one will be told at the 22nd International Congress for Battery Recycling, held on September 20-22 in Portugal’s sunny capital Lisbon.

    Over 200 international experts from industry, authorities and academia will discuss, among other topics: global safety issues relating to lithium primary and lithium rechargeable batteries; energy storage and e-mobility; the economic aspects of collection or take-back schemes; and new trends in battery recycling technologies.

    This highly regarded platform for discussion of latest developments and challenges will bring together decision-makers from along the battery recycling chain, including producers, recyclers, collection schemes, policy-makers and transport companies.

    The programme includes a plant tour of the recycling company Ambigroup Reciclagem SA.

    I couldn’t agree more about the various Tory/Labour Westminster Governments’ long history of nefarious ‘dumping’ of unsavoury waste items on Scotland – but am prepared to believe this is something rather different.

    This looks like a bona fide commercial venture seeing opportunities to act on the tightening battery waste recycling requirements and make a bit of profit at the same time.

    Whatever way we cut it – mankind (including us here in Scotland) is making a lot of waste and we all have to find better ways of handling it and recycling it. Batteries seem an obvious candidate to form part of a ‘loop economy’ with as little waste as our ingenuity can achieve.

    Cheers, ludo


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