Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market - Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Outlook to 2028

Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market - Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Outlook to 2028

Market Research Reports | Q1 2024 | Report ID: BR0335

About the Report

The lithium-ion battery recycling market is relatively new market that is poised to grow during the forecast period. The major factor expected to drive the market is the ongoing rapid expansion of the global lithium ion battery market due to the demand from electric mobility, the energy storage segment, and consumer electronics. Since cobalt and lithium are key materials to manufacture lithium-ion batteries, and raw material sourcing is expensive, recycling is being considered the best solution to solve the demand and supply issues.



  • There has been a significant shift toward electric vehicles (EVs) for the past few years. It is estimated that by 2030, 11 million tons of spent lithium-ion batteries will become battery scrap due to the transition to electric vehicles. Over the forecast period, this is expected to create immense opportunities for new players.
  • Increasing demand for consumer electronics.
  • Local and national governments worldwide have imposed stringent regulations and obligations to battery producers and suppliers to collect used batteries for recycling.
  • Increasing production of lithium batteries is increasing the manufacturing scrap of lithium ion batteries.


However, there are significant barriers to market expansion, including a lack of a legal framework, high costs of material recovery, limited availability of recyclable batteries, safety concerns (as used batteries come under hazardous waste), rapidly changing lithium battery chemistry, and competition from new battery technologies. Despite these hurdles, the market is likely to grow further. The lithium-ion battery recycling market is expected to play an important role in establishing a more sustainable and circular economy as demand for sustainable energy storage solutions grows.


Li-ion batteries are made of materials such as lithium, graphite, and cobalt which are considered critical minerals. Critical minerals are raw materials that are economically important and OEMs have a high risk of their supply being disrupted, for which there are no easy substitutes. When these batteries are disposed of in the trash, critical resources are lost outright.


Lithium-ion battery scrap is waste batteries or spent batteries drained, recycled, or disposed of after usage. More than 50% of lithium-ion battery scrap is recyclable; it can be reused to produce new lithium-ion batteries. Typically, collection centers receive used batteries from consumers and transport them to authorized recycling centers for further processing.


Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Process

  • First, recycling companies collect expired or spare lithium-ion batteries from battery depositories. 
  • Deactivation: The recycling companies deactivate or fully discharge the whole battery system or cells.
  • Mechanical Processing: The lithium-ion batteries are first disassembled and treated during a mechanical process. The mechanical process combines crushing, classification, and sorting processes of various nonferrous materials.
  • Hydrometallurgical Process: It is applied for the direct recovery of metals, such as Co, Ni, Mn, and Li. The process involves using sulfuric acid and hydrogen peroxide because the combination is very effective; reported yields for the target metals are over 90 percent when the leaching is conducted at temperatures above 40 °C. 


 Value Proposition

  • The market always seeks lower-priced raw materials with shorter delivery in response to high demand.
  • The critical point for li-ion battery recycling is to reduce landfills, save up resources, and also help to reduce carbon emissions.


Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market Opportunities

  • Increasing production is expected to lead to a decline in prices of lithium batteries, rising adoption in new applications, and recycling after end-of-life.
  • Adoption of a circular economic model creates chances for lithium battery recycling companies to generate new revenue streams while reducing dependency on raw materials. These enterprises can establish a more sustainable and robust supply chain for battery production by recycling and reusing precious resources.
  • There are potential for lithium battery recycling companies to embrace sustainable business models as the demand for sustainable energy storage solutions grows. Companies, for example, can concentrate on closed-loop recycling techniques that reduce waste and the environmental impact of battery manufacturing processes.
  • To develop and market lithium battery recycling technology, various alliances, and partnerships have been formed involving battery manufacturers, recycling companies, and governments. These collaborations can aid in the development of new recycling technologies and the acceptance of sustainable energy storage systems.


Regional Market Analysis

Asia-Pacific is expected to be the leading region in the lithium-ion Battery Recycle market during the forecast period, followed by the Middle East, North America, Europe, and South America.


Regional Lithium ion Battery Recycling Market


Asia Pacific

The Asia Pacific is expected to be the largest region for the lithium-ion battery recycling market during the forecast period. The region’s lithium-ion battery recycling business is quickly expanding, fuelled by rising demand for sustainable energy storage solutions, government assistance, industry collaborations, emerging enterprises, a focus on sustainability, and investment and funding.


The Asia Pacific region has countries that have both developing and established Battery Recycle markets. For instance, countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, and others have an established battery scrap market, while India, Malaysia, and Vietnam are developing their battery recycling market.


China leads the world in lithium-ion battery recycling, vastly outperforming all other countries. China had more than three times the existing and projected lithium-ion battery recycling capacity of the United States as of 2022.


China has policies that have fostered the development of a lithium-ion battery recycling industry. The country began pushing lithium-ion battery recycling through policy in 2012 and has subsequently implemented further measures, including one in 2018 requiring battery makers to engage with Chinese recyclers to improve the recycling process.


The business is likely to expand further in the coming years as demand for lithium-ion batteries and electric vehicles rises in the region. As a result, the Asia lithium-ion battery recycling industry is set to play a vital part in the region's transition to a more sustainable and circular economy. 


With a target to reduce emissions, the lithium-ion batteries recycling market will rise, especially in China, Japan, Australia, South Korea, India, and others.


North America

North America is also witnessing a booming lithium battery recycling industry. Driven by rising lithium-ion battery demand and a trend towards sustainable energy storage options. 


Through financing and regulatory actions, the US and Canadian governments are actively supporting the expansion of the lithium-ion battery recycling business. The US Department of Energy, For example, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced USD 73.9 million in funding for 10 projects in November 2022 to enhance technology and procedures for electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling and reuse. 


While the Canadian government has established an advanced clean energy program to encourage battery reuse and recycling, the sector is also receiving heavy investments, for instance, Glencore, a miner and commodity trading company, announced a USD 200 million investment in Canada-based lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle in 2022.


Numerous firms, including Umicore, Retriev Technologies Inc, American Manganese Inc, Redwood Materials, and Li-Cycle, are active in the lithium-ion battery recycling sector in the region. To satisfy the increased demand from the electric vehicle market, and sustainable energy storage solutions, these companies are focusing on developing innovative recycling methods and expanding their operations.



Similar to Asia-Pacific, the European lithium battery recycling market is driven by government policies. Since 2006, the European Union has prohibited battery landfilling, and it is about to implement new rules that will hold automakers responsible for recycling spent EV batteries, require new lithium-ion batteries to contain certain amounts of recycled content, and require new batteries to be designed in ways that make them easier to recycle.


Some of the Recent Developments

  • BASF, a leading producer of battery materials, signed a long-term collaboration deal with Tenova Advanced Technologies (TAT) of Yokneam, Israel, in February 2023 for its lithium battery recycling prototype plant in Schwarzheide, Germany.
  • Ecobat, a leading battery recycling company, is constructing its third lithium-ion battery recycling facility, the first in North America. The new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will initially generate 10,000 tons of recovered material per year, with plans to expand capacity to meet the growing demand for lithium-ion battery recycling.
  • Ascend Elements (formerly Battery Resourcers), a battery recycling and engineered materials company based in the United States, established a basic agreement with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. in February 2023 to collaborate on reliable procurement of recovered lithium-ion battery materials for Honda electric vehicles in North America.
  • Narada Power Source, a Chinese producer of energy storage batteries, announced plans to establish a lithium battery recycling plant in February 2023 for CNY 3.9 billion (USD 561 million). The project will be developed in two stages in Fuyang, Anhui Province, east China, and will have the capacity to recycle and handle 150,000 tons of waste lithium batteries per year.



The new report from Blackridge Research on the Global Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market provides comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analyses along with a deep insight into the current and future of the market. 


What do we Cover in the Report?

Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market Drivers & Restraints

The study covers all the major underlying market dynamics that help the market develop and grow and the factors that constrain global market growth.


The report includes a meticulous analysis of each factor, explaining the relevant, qualitative information with supporting data.


Each factor's respective impact in the near, medium, and long term will be covered using Harvey balls for visual communication of qualitative information and functions as a guide for you to analyze the degree of impact.


Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market Analysis

This market research report discusses the overview of the market, the latest updates, important commercial developments and structural trends, and government policies and regulations.


This section also provides an assessment of COVID-19's impact on recycled lithium-ion battery demand.


Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Market Size and Demand Forecast

The report provides the global lithium-ion battery recycling market size and demand forecast until 2028.


Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Industry Analysis

The report examines the critical elements of the lithium-ion battery recycling industry supply chain, its structure, and the participants.


Using Porter's five forces framework, the report covers the assessment of the lithium-ion battery recycling industry's state of competition and profitability.


Regional Market Analysis

The report covers detailed profiles of major countries across the world. Each country's analysis covers the current market trends, drivers, restraints, government policies & regulations, and market outlook.


In addition, market size, demand forecast, and growth rates will be provided for all regions. Following are the notable countries covered under each region.


North America - United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Rest of North America

Europe - Germany, France, United Kingdom (UK), and the Rest of Europe

Asia-Pacific - China, India, Japan, South Korea, Rest of APAC

Rest of the world - Middle East, South America, South Africa, and other African countries.


Key Company Profiles

This report presents detailed profiles of Key lithium battery recycling companies in the industry such as LG Energy Solution Ltd., Umicore, Retriev Technologies Inc, American Manganese Inc, Redwood Materials, Li-Cycle Holdings, etc. In general, each company profile includes - an overview of the company, relevant product portfolio and services, a financial overview, business strategy, and recent developments. 


Competitive Landscape

The report provides a comprehensive list of notable companies in the market, including mergers and acquisitions (M&As), joint ventures (JVs), partnerships, collaborations, and other business agreements.


The study also discusses the strategies adopted by leading players in the industry.


Executive Summary

The Executive Summary will be jam-packed with charts, infographics, and forecasts. This chapter summarizes the findings of the report crisply and clearly.


The report begins with an executive summary chapter and ends with Conclusions and Recommendations.


The report also discusses current and future market possibilities, trends, advancements, the Covid-19 impact, Ukraine and Russian War impact on the lithium-ion battery recycling market, essential developments, regions, and segments poised for the fastest growing competitive landscape. 


Further, the global lithium-ion battery recycling market size, and demand forecast, growth rates will also be provided in the report. 


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  Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

2. Research Scope and Methodology

3. Market Analysis

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Market Dynamics
    • 3.2.1. Drivers
    • 3.2.2 Restraints
  • 3.3 Market Trends & Developments
  • 3.4 Market Opportunities
  • 3.5 Market Size and Forecast

4. Industry Analysis

  • 4.1 Supply Chain Analysis
  • 4.2 Porter’s Five Forces Analysis

5. Regional Market Analysis

  • 5.1 Asia Pacific
  • 5.2 North America
  • 5.3 Europe
  • 5.4 Rest of the World

6. Key Company Profiles

  • 6.1 American Battery Technology Company
  • 6.2 American Manganese Inc
  • 6.3 Eco-Bat Technologies
  • 6.4 Ganfeng Lithium Group Co., Ltd
  • 6.5 LG Energy Solution Ltd.
  • 6.6 Li-Cycle Holdings
  • 6.7 Lithion Recycling Inc.
  • 6.8 Redwood Materials, Inc.
  • 6.9 Retriev Technologies Inc
  • 6.10 Umicore N.V.
  • 6.11 Other Notable Players

7. Competitive Landscape

  • 7.1 List of Notable Players in the Market
  • 7.2 M&A, JV, and Agreements
  • 7.3 Market Share Analysis
  • 7.4 Strategies of Key Players

8. Conclusions and Recommendations

List of Tables & Figures


Additional Notes


  This report helps to:-

  • Equip yourself with rigorous analysis and forward-looking insights into the Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market across multiple regions.
  • Gain an understanding of uncertainty and discover how the most influential growth drivers and restraints in the regions will impact market development.
  • Assess market data and forecasts to understand how the demands across various segments evolve over the next few years.
  • Gain a comprehensive view of the emerging market trends and developments to assess market opportunities.
  • Be better informed of your competition by gaining access to detailed information and analysis of key industry players.
  • Keep on top of M&A developments, JVs, and other agreements to assess the evolving competitive landscape and enhance your competitive position.

  Who need this report?

  • Battery Manufacturers
  • Energy Storage/Battery Component Suppliers
  • Raw Material Suppliers
  • Automobile Companies
  • Battery Scrap and Recycle Companies
  • Investor Community
  • Financing Companies
  • Government Bodies & Industry Organizations
  • Other Stakeholders

  What's included

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Market Data - Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market Outlook to 2028.xls

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