uRecycle selects Rotterdam as European hub for re-use and recycling batteries

The uRecycle company had chosen the Port of Rotterdam as its new location to build a new factory for both the recycling and re-use of batteries.

This new uRecycle location is expected to start operating in the first half of 2020. The factory will employ some 40 new employees. It will become the European hub for processing of industrial and portable batteries. This Finish company is one of the top-three battery recyclers in Europe. uRecycle, which also has branches in Finland, Sweden and Great Britain, recently entered into an alliance in the Netherlands with Stichting Stibat Services (Stibat), the Dutch organisation responsible for collecting (portable) batteries.

‘Excellent location’

uRecycle opted for Rotterdam because of its 'strategically excellent location', says CEO Henny van Dort. ‘We can grow here into a fully-fledged hub for recycling and re-use in Europe. The supply lines to Rotterdam are good. But that's not all. A lot is going on here in the field of the energy transition and the circular economy. So, Rotterdam is a good match with what we have been doing for more than a decade. We also want to enter into new partnerships in the chain in Rotterdam.’

Stibat is enthusiastic about the partnership. Director Arie de Jong: ‘Until now, we have taken all the collected batteries to our sorting centre, which is not centrally located in the Netherlands. The fact that we are now also going to operate a sorting centre in Rotterdam is an enormous step forward in terms of logistics and sustainability. We are looking forward to working with uRecycle.’

Second life

A battery contains substances that are valuable for re-use, but also substances that can harm the environment. uRecycle has a process to separate them and process them safely. uRecycle also focuses on the re-use of industrial batteries, primarily batteries from electric cars. There are plenty of options for a second life in other applications.