Lithium Australia extracts zinc/manganese micronutrients from spent batteries
(Kitco News) - "Zinc and manganese, essential elements for healthy plant growth, are also found in alkaline batteries," Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) said today. The company announced that its subsidiary, Envirostream Australia, is now recycling spent alkaline batteries – without using chemical processes such as acid leaching – to produce zinc/manganese micronutrients for use in blended fertilizers.
The company said that Envirostream's processing technology reduces the number of steps required to create these micronutrients from spent alkaline batteries, and in so doing is enhancing the sustainability of the battery industry.
Following the successful results of its 2020 field trials, Envirostream is now undertaking an expanded 2021 field trial programme in both South Australia and Western Australia, including three sites in collaboration with Summit Fertilizers in the latter state.
Summit, established in 1989 and now a leading supplier of fertilizers, has over the years introduced a number of innovations to that market in WA, the company added.