A new battery recycling facility is due to open this autumn, bringing 30 new jobs to the West Midlands.
Fenix Battery Recycling will offer recycling for multiple battery types from a shredding and recycling plant in Willenhall in what is being claimed as a first facility of its kind in the UK.
The facility will have capacity to recycle items such as mobile phone batteries and those taken from electric vehicles while alkaline batteries will be recycled from launch.
Technology will later be in place to recycle lithium ion batteries.
The company said it expected to recycle 10,000 tonnes of batteries per year with the aim of increasing that figure to 20,000.
Director of business development Damian Lambkin said: “The surge in electric vehicles brings a need for effective lithium ion recycling in the UK and we are confident we will be able to offer this by early next year.
“While many businesses have had to reduce their workforces due to coronavirus, we are delighted to be able to create new jobs at this challenging time.”
The firm will also carry out research into cleaner, greener battery recycling solutions which will be led by director of technology Athan Fox who holds a chemistry PhD from Cambridge University.
He said: “We will scale up and commercialise technology to tackle recycling challenges, contributing to the creation of a circular economy.”