I just found a glossary for Circular Economy topics published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It defines words such as
It is really great to see that and I think we should use this glossary in the battery world too and expand it 🔋!
I recently spoke with a company that calls itself a battery recycler. In reality, they take used batteries and process them for reuse or send them to recyclers – a big difference for me. Another company I spoke with that considers itself a battery recycler sends out small buckets to collect batteries.
Neither company is “Transforming a product or component into its basic materials or substances and reprocessing them into new materials.” as defined in the glossary.
In the battery industry, terms like “rare earths” are very often misused. Just yesterday I was reading an investor report on recycling, and again nickel and cobalt were referred to as rare earths. I appreciate suggestions like “critical materials” and maybe we can find other terms.