The Rotary Club of Los Altos, in collaboration with local Rotary Clubs and the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group, is hosting lithium-ion battery collection events for recycling. These events, part of a larger U.S. initiative, aim to collect batteries found in everyday devices like laptops and cellphones, which are then recycled by Redwood Materials for use in electric vehicle batteries. The initiative addresses environmental concerns, U.S. supply chain security, and human rights issues associated with cobalt mining, while educating consumers about the importance of battery recycling.
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Redwood Materials, in collaboration with Rotary International, is launching a recycling initiative to collect and recycle lithium-ion batteries and consumer devices. This project, leveraging Rotary’s global network, aims to create convenient recycling pathways for household batteries and devices, addressing the critical need for sustainable recycling solutions. The partnership has already organized community events across the U.S. for battery collection and education, demonstrating significant success in gathering e-waste. This effort is part of Redwood’s broader mission to create a closed-loop supply chain for battery components and enhance sustainability by reducing reliance on mining and lowering costs of clean technologies. The collaboration is set to expand nationally, increasing the impact through broader education and collection efforts.
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Redwood Materials, started by Tesla cofounder JB Straubel, is partnering with the Rotary Club to collect e-waste for recycling into electric vehicle (EV) batteries. This collaboration aims to address the low recycling rates of e-waste and lithium-ion batteries in the U.S. by leveraging Rotary’s extensive network. Redwood, which also plans to manufacture battery components, sees this as a step towards a more sustainable battery supply chain, balancing recycling with necessary mining for the increasing demand in EV battery materials. The partnership builds on Redwood’s existing alliances and is expected to significantly enhance material collection and recycling efforts.
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