Capacity to cover the UK's waste requirements
The battery plant will ultimately be able to process up to 20,000 tonnes of batteries per annum, covering the UK's entire battery waste requirements - meaning the UK can become virtually self-sufficient in battery recycling as the country prepares to leave the EU.
Importantly it has the potential to halt the UK's shipment of batteries to Europe for recycling, therefore dramatically reducing the country's waste export bill. Costs could also reduce for producers, due to the fact that export rates will no longer be included in the cost of complying with their battery obligations.
The UK pant will initially have the capacity to deal with around 80% of the country's waste batteries, with future plans to process domestic lithium-ion batteries, bringing the total percentage of used batteries able to be recycled at the plant to 90%.