New battery sorting tech unveiled in Ontario

Call2Recycle and Electronic Distributors International Inc. (EDI), an electronics recycler, have unveiled new battery sorting technology.

The new battery sorting equipment at EDI’s Orillia, Ontario, facility is one of four of its type in the world, and EDI is the only service provider in North America using this technology. The equipment will double the plant’s capacity to sort used batteries, supporting the increasing volumes of batteries recycled by Call2Recycle in Ontario (+58% in 2023), where Call2Recycle serves as the largest battery Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO). Through this technology, EDI’s facility can now process up to almost 500 kilograms of used batteries per hour, doubling the output of a traditional sorting line and setting a new benchmark for industry standards.

EDI’s new sorting system tackles this battery recycling challenge by using X-ray technology that precisely identifies and sorts each battery type even when the battery chemistry or label is unidentifiable. This streamlines the sorting process and reduces the risk of safety incidents due to sorting errors and improper chemistry identification.

“We are proud to work with forward-thinking organizations like EDI who drive innovation and positive change in the recycling industry,” Joe Zenobio, president of Call2Recycle Canada.

“Innovations like this not only bolster our efforts to increase Ontario’s battery recycling infrastructure but also help enhance its efficiency by supporting the collection of larger volumes of batteries, minimizing the environmental impact and supporting the local economy.”

“At EDI, we are continuously striving to not only modernize the recycling industry but to invest in solutions that align seamlessly with our partners’ evolving sustainability needs,” Norm Yorke, managing partner at EDI. “We are excited to be working with Call2Recycle to pioneer technology-driven battery sorting in North America, where innovative solutions drive responsible recycling.”

Since its inception in 1997, the Call2Recycle program has collected and recycled over 45 million kilograms of batteries, preventing them from ending up in Canadian landfills.