Australia could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, a report finds.

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Right now, only two per cent of Australia's annual 3300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste is recycled, and this waste is growing by 20 per cent a year.

According to a new CSIRO report, Australia is well placed to tackle this waste and could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

The report, Lithium battery recycling in Australia, addresses growing demand for lithium-ion technology, currently used in vast quantities in electronic and household devices.

Low battery recycling rates can be overcome through better understanding of the importance of recycling, improved collection processes, and by implementing ways to efficiently recycle materials.

An effective recycling industry could also stabilise global lithium supplies to meet consumer demand.

Right now, only two per cent of Australia's annual 3300 tonnes of lithium-ion battery waste is recycled, and this waste is growing by 20 per cent a year.

According to a new CSIRO report, Australia is well placed to tackle this waste and could lead the world in the re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

The report, Lithium battery recycling in Australia, addresses growing demand for lithium-ion technology, currently used in vast quantities in electronic and household devices.

Low battery recycling rates can be overcome through better understanding of the importance of recycling, improved collection processes, and by implementing ways to efficiently recycle materials.

An effective recycling industry could also stabilise global lithium supplies to meet consumer demand.

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