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A Commitment to Recycling

Albemarle will leverage our global lithium production network and materials know-how to offer sustainable solutions for closing-the-loop on the lithium supply chain.

As a market leader in battery grade lithium products, Albemarle and our R&D teams are committed to the development of an effective circular battery economy across the globe.

The continued adoption of batteries for Mobility and Energy will require the deployment of technologies and infrastructure to incorporate spent batteries back into the supply chain. Recycled battery material drives more sustainable practices and improves resource security. The European Union has stipulated that by 2031 all batteries must contain 6% recycled lithium material and up to 12% by 2036. In the United States, batteries containing critical minerals recycled in North America are expected to support vehicle qualification for the Inflation Reduction Act consumer tax credit for EVs.

Recycling enables a closed-loop supply chain and comprises a series of steps that breaks down spent batteries into black mass, separates the different metal streams, and ultimately upgrades the waste streams into precursors for cathode manufacturing. We are using our expertise in refining lithium into high-purity products to get lithium sulfate from black mass back into the battery supply chain.  


Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide with 6% Recycled Content: The Missing Link

Albemarle ingenuity and deep expertise in refining is bringing to market battery grade lithium hydroxide with recycled content to be produced at our Kings Mountain, NC, processing site. This innovation provides a solution to close-the-loop on nickel containing lithium-ion batteries through refining and upgrading recycled black mass streams into recycled battery grade lithium hydroxide.


Improved Carbon Footprint

Albemarle's Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide with recycled content offers a pathway to reduced carbon footprint.

Unmatched Recycling Advantages

The recycled battery materials sector is rapidly evolving and Albemarle’s strengths promote sound industry leadership for years to come.



Analytical understanding when assessing high quality lithium is even more important when blending virgin lithium solutions with refined recycled products. 


Global Refining Network

A truly global network of refining facilities, engineers and scientists provides the entire value chain with access to unparalleled expertise in handling and transporting high purity recycled battery products.



All Albemarle battery grade recycled lithium products adhere to the same sustainability high standards as recognized through IRMA, ACA and others.


Designing for a Circular Economy

Albemarle's enduring commitment to sustainability includes materials that contribute to easier recycling of our customers' end use products.

Albemarle's flame retardants can contribute to the circular economy and polymers containing Albermarle's flame retardants can be recycled.*

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A recent breakthrough in flame retardant solutions, SAYTEX ALERO™ is a next-generation, polymeric product that provides greater performance as well as excellent recyclability properties in plastics.

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