The Impact of Mobile Phone Battery Disposal and Cellcycle’s Solution

July 10, 2024
Mobile phone battery disposal, lithium battery recycling

The Growing Issue of Mobile Phone Battery Waste

Every year, millions of mobile phones are discarded worldwide, contributing to an escalating environmental crisis. Estimates suggest that around five billion mobile phones have been scrapped since 2022. These devices contain lithium-ion batteries, which pose significant environmental and health risks if not disposed of properly.

Traditional Disposal Methods

Traditionally, discarded mobile phone batteries are either incinerated or sent to landfills. Incineration releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, while landfilling leads to soil and groundwater contamination. Both methods result in the loss of valuable materials such as cobalt and nickel, which could otherwise be recovered and reused.

Environmental and Health Hazards

Improper disposal of lithium-ion batteries has severe consequences for both the environment and human health. These batteries contain toxic substances like lead, cadmium, and mercury, which can leach into the soil and water, leading to contamination. This contamination can cause serious health problems, including respiratory issues, skin irritations, and neurological damage. Additionally, the extraction of raw materials for new batteries further depletes natural resources and harms ecosystems.

Cellcycle: We are the sustainable solution for Mobile phone battery disposal

As the UK’s leading lithium-ion battery recycler, we offer a comprehensive solution to these issues. We specialise in all types of portable lithium batteries, including those used in mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and power banks. By focusing on responsible recycling, we have established the UK’s largest network of refining partners dedicated to critical material recovery. This extensive network not only ensures the efficient recycling of used batteries but also supports the production of new batteries by contributing valuable materials. Through our commitment to sustainability and innovation, we play a pivotal role in promoting a circular economy and reducing the environmental impact of battery waste.

Find out more about how we dispose of portable batteries at our sectors page.

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