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Ather, Ultraviolet among many EV firms registers for recycling waste battery

According to the new regulations, battery waste manufacturers must either recycle their own used batteries or send them to recyclers who are registered with the appropriate state pollution control boards.
PrashantPrashant14-Sep-23 7:23 AM
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Ather, Ultraviolet among many EV firms registers for recycling waste battery

According to information on the Central Pollution Control Board's (CPCB) portal for battery waste management, a number of

electric vehicle (EV)

startups, such as Altigreen Propulsion Labs, Ather Energy, Simple Energy, and Ultraviolette Automotive have registered and received certificates for recycling battery waste.


Following the Center's notification of the Battery Waste Management (BWM) Rules, 2022 in August of last year, the development took place.


According to the EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility) webpage, big automakers like Mahindra & Mahindra,

Tata Motors

, and MG Motor India have also earned certifications for managing battery waste in addition to EV startups. A five-year certificate has been given to the businesses to help with the disposal of lithium-ion battery trash.


It is important to remember that manufacturers of used batteries, including battery importers, are required by the BWM Rules and the EPR concept to collect and recycle their waste batteries. The utilisation of recovered materials from battery trash in new batteries must be ensured by each of these parties.


According to the new regulations, battery waste manufacturers must either recycle their own used batteries or send them to recyclers who are registered with the appropriate state pollution control boards. Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001 were superseded by the new regulations. 


According to the CPCB's webpage for managing battery trash, 1,225 battery waste producers have gotten certifications in recent months, out of a total of 1,766 applications.


On the other hand, there are now 17 applications for battery recyclers overall. But thus far, none of them have gotten credentials. These recyclers include Sungeel India Recycling, Eco Energy Regeneration, and Batx Energies.


Lohum, Attero, Metastable Materials and Ace Green Recycling are a few of the significant lithium-ion battery recycling firms that are missing from the list of businesses that have submitted registration applications.


According to the reports, the portal is anticipated to go live in the upcoming weeks.


It is essential to concentrate on lithium-ion battery recycling given the increase in EVs and electronic devices like smartphones. In addition to helping the environment, this will strengthen India's domestic lithium-ion cell manufacturing sector and drive down the price of EVs in the future.


Several business experts told Inc42 previously that while the BWM Rules were a start in the right direction, there was still a need for more precise rules and procedures to guarantee that the standards were followed.


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