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UK Environmental Agency grants Recycling Lives ABTO status

Recycling and waste management company, Recycling Lives, has been given the green light from the UK government on a new battery treatment and sorting centre, having today revealed that it has received ABTO (Approved Battery Treatment Operator) status, just weeks after achieving B Corp certification.


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Work on a specialist battery treatment centre is already underway, with a flagship site in Workington scheduled to open its doors in March this year. The state-of-the-art site will set the new industry standard for collection, storage and sorting of all battery types, with full traceability of each cell’s life journey from source.

By securing ABTO and ABE status, Recycling Lives can now sort, process, recycle and/or export all types of battery, from button cells commonly found in wristwatches, to Lithium e-bike, e-scooter and e-cigarette and vape batteries, plus everything in between.

Recycling Lives’ Senior Commercial Manager, AJ Marsh, who spearheaded the development of the Workington site, commented: 

“We’re really pleased to have achieved ABTO status and are excited to get started at our Workington plant once it opens in March. 

As part of our existing recycling network, we have great connections with key disposal routes in the UK and on the continent, which means we’re already set up to keep much of processing in the UK, which is far more sustainable than exporting.

Batteries can be a major pollutant during the disposal process, and yet contain a wealth of materials, such as lithium, which continue to be mined from the earth. Recycling Lives believe, with efficient recycling and extraction processes, we can help reduce long term damage to the planet.

Lithium-ion batteries are also believed to contribute to almost half of all waste fires in the UK[i], which is why it is imperative that they are recycled using the best possible solution. Recycling Lives is committing to taking all types of cells and chemistries; no matter what battery it is, we’ll process, sort and recycle it via the most sustainable and reputable disposer route.”

The UK firm head-quartered in Preston, founded in 1977 and which has been leading the sector with its principles of creating social value, has since expanded this to deliver environmental innovation and strong commercial offerings over the last decade, with ESG as a fully embedded business ethos.

By achieving ABTO status and in establishing the Workington flagship site, Recycling Lives takes another major step forward in its sustainability journey, displaying long-term commitment to a true circular economy – all the while setting the benchmark for sustainable battery disposal for the rest of the industry.




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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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