Any electronic product manufacturer that includes a battery is finding it difficult to recycle because it wants to make lithium-ion batteries as cheap as possible. So the development of smart phones, every new technology developed for smart devices, makes the batteries immortal.
According to a new study conducted by the US Institute of Electric Energy Research, the recycling rates of lithium-ion batteries are decreasing day by day. Manufacturers have begun to remove the recyclable elements in the battery to reduce costs. “Lithium-ion does not offer a closed loop, there are negative output, and long-term wastes form harmful environ- ments,” said Ben Kaun, one of the researchers.
The cost of cobalt used as a cathodic material in acellar rose to $ 32,500 at the beginning of 2017 and to $ 81,000 in March of this year. Battery makers also responded with new designs that lowered the use of cobalt. In May, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, also talked about the design change in the fixed-battery, which the company produces for automobiles.
Lead-acid batteries, produced as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries, are made up of even more recyclable materials. As a matter of fact, their production is also very expensive, so producers do not prefer it either.
Scientists continue to work day by day to better recycle our growing batteries. Now our cars, our phones, our clocks and much more are using lithium-ion. If a valid and permanent method of recovering the pills can be found, we will have solved one of the most important waste problems of our time.