Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market Size, Share, Opportunities, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Type (Hydrometallurgy (Chemical Leaching), Pyrometallurgy (Smelting), Others), By Chemistry (Lithium-Cobalt Oxide (LCO), Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LFP), Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC), Others), By Recycling Process (Physical/Mechanical, Hydrometallurgical, Pyrometallurgical), By Industry (Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Communication & Technology, Energy & Power), And By Geography- Forecasts From 2022 To 2027

  • Published : Aug 2022
  • Report Code : KSI061613812
  • Pages : 110

The global lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling market was evaluated at US$410.601 million in 2020 and is projected to reach US$1,902.386 million by the year 2027, growing at a CAGR of 24.49%. 

The market is projected to show promising growth over the forecast period, which is primarily attributable to the electric vehicle (EV) sector that is booming at the global level as more and more governments are inclining towards environmental sustainability and are thus implementing necessary policies and regulations to enhance the penetration of electric vehicles in their respective regions.

Moreover, the companies are investing in R&D for the development of new and cost-efficient recycling technologies, further widening the business growth opportunities shortly. Li-ion batteries are highly suitable for their applications in modern consumer electronics products and electric vehicles. Consequently, the growing sales of consumer electronics, particularly in developing regions, will play a significant role in shaping the market growth over the projected period.

Booming EV (Electric Vehicle) Sector

One of the major factors driving the lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery recycling market growth is the growing focus on electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing coupled with the rising adoption of electric vehicles across the globe. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) data, the global electric car stock increased from 0.02 million units in 2010 to 4.79 million units in 2019. Growing concerns regarding environmental sustainability and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are encouraging governments and global organizations, and agencies to boost the adoption of electric vehicles. As such, subsidies and incentives provided to consumers have significantly surged the sales of electric cars in countries such as the United States, China, and the European region. Technological progress in the electrification of two and three-wheelers, buses, and trucks, has further driven up the global EV sector. In 2019, the sales of electric cars accounted for 2.6% of global car sales and registered a 40% year-on-year increase. In Europe alone, new electric bus registration witnessed a rise from 0.11 thousand units in 2015 to 1.99 thousand units in 2019. Furthermore, a continuing shift from direct subsidies to regulatory measures and strict policies- including fuel economy standards and zero-emission vehicle mandates, have further increased the production of EVs.

As the production of EVs has been continuously rising over the past few years, the demand for Li-Ion batteries has also increased. Since these batteries have a short life span of around 2-3 years, this increase in demand for lithium-ion batteries across the booming EV sector is also driving up the demand for lithium-ion battery recycling, thus bolstering the market growth.    

High Sales of Consumer Electronics

Rising disposable incomes and increasing urbanization coupled with technological advancements, including the miniaturization of electronics and electrical components, have boosted both sales and production of consumer electronics worldwide in the past years. Advancements in technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), along with the continuously declining prices of consumer electronic products, are further encouraging their continued consumption. With China being the world's largest producer, exporter, and consumer of consumer electronics, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the country's expanding production volume of the consumer electronics industry can be associated with the growing demand for lithium-ion batteries globally. In 2018, Chinese shipments of smartphones stood at 27.8% of the global total, followed by personal computers (20%) and televisions (20%). Countries such as Japan, South Korea, and India have also witnessed a significant increase in production as well as the sale of consumer electronics.  

With all this sales volume of consumer electronics, which use li-ion batteries, the demand for recycling services is also augmenting significantly, which is fueling the li-ion battery recycling market growth. 

Advancements In Recycling Technology

Researchers across the globe are continuously working on productivity improvement and, thus, the basic economics of recycling. Continuous R&D investments, both public and private, are being funneled to develop and improve the existing li-ion battery recycling technologies. For instance, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) launched its first lithium-ion battery recycling R&D centre, known as ReCel, in January 2019. This US$15 million investment aims to advance the recycling technology to make the recycling process profitable while reducing the country's dependence on other countries/regions for battery materials. In the United Kingdom, the Reuse and Recycling of Lithium-Ion Batteries (ReLiB) project bring together researchers and industry representatives to improve the efficiency of the lithium-ion battery recycling process. Canadian company Li-cycle claims to have developed a patented technology that can recover between 80% and 100% of the resources from lithium-ion batteries. The company has recently announced Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, as its first commercial lithium-ion battery recycling hub. In 2019, a leading European energy company, Fortum, announced that the company could recover 80% of the battery materials (cobalt, manganese, and nickel) from all-spent lithium-ion batteries with a low-CO2 hydrometallurgical recycling process. The company has also recently announced the development of patented breakthrough technology for recovery methods that can reduce the environmental impact of li-ion battery recycling. Such advancements in lithium-ion battery recycling technology are projected to spur up the recycling process not just in China but around the world, which will drive the lithium-ion market growth over the next five years.

Recent Trends:

  • In April 2021, Battery Resources, an integrated lithium-ion battery recycling company, announced the completion of a US$20 million Series B equity round financing. The financing was led by Orbia Ventures, and other firms such as At One Ventures, Doral Energy Tech Ventures, and others also participated in the round. The novel financing would be used to develop a novel commercial-scale processing facility with an annual capacity to process around 10,000 tons of batteries.
  • In April 2021, ERI, a US-based e-waste processor, and Redwood Materials announced a partnership to develop a solution for closed-loop recycling for lithium-ion batteries. Redwood would receive up to 30 tons a week of lithium-ion batteries, initially. 
  • In May 2022, Li-Cycle Corp opened a new Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Facility in Arizona. The plant possesses the capacity to process up to 10,000 tonnes of end-of-life batteries every year. The new-state-of-art facility can process about 20,000 EV batteries per year. Furthermore, the Group intends to have approximately 65,000 tonnes of lithium-ion battery processing capacity per year across its facilities in North America and Europe by the end of 2023.
  • In March 2022, Retriev Technologies, an Indianapolis-based lithium battery recycler, acquired Battery Solutions, a Detroit-based supplier of end-to-end management solutions for consumer electronics and end-of-life batteries. Battery Solutions' battery-centric logistics network, cross-chemistry collection, end-of-life battery sorting services across North America, and customer-centric approach to end-of-life battery management is expected to augment the former's existing operations through this acquisition.

COVID-19 Insights:

The global pandemic slowed the Lithium-ion battery recycling market. This rise in the number of active cases, social distancing, and lockdown measures implemented by multiple governments across the globe led to the closure of production facilities. The shortage of staffing further led to decreased production. At the same time, the closure of the borders affected the imports and exports of several countries, disrupting the supply chain.

Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market Scope:


Report Metric Details
 Market Size Value in 2020  US$410.601 million
 Market Size Value in 2027  US$1,902.386 million
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 24.49% from 2020 to 2027
 Base Year  2020
 Forecast Period  2022–2027
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Million
 Segments Covered  Type, Chemistry, Recycling Process, Industry, And Geography
 Regions Covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies Covered Umicore N.V., Neometals Ltd., Li-Cycle Corp, Duesenfeld GmbH, Retriev Technologies, SNAM, Envirostream, Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd., Fortum
 Customization Scope  Free report customization with purchase



  • By Type
    • Hydrometallurgy (chemical leaching)
    • Pyrometallurgy (smelting)
    • Others
  • By Chemistry
    • Lithium-cobalt Oxide (LCO)
    • Lithium-iron Phosphate (LFP)
    • Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC)
    • Others
  • By Recycling Process
    • Physical/Mechanical
    • Hydrometallurgical
    • Pyrometallurgical
  • By Industry
    • Automotive
    • Consumer Electronics
    • Communication and Technology
    • Energy and Power
  • By Geography
    • North America
      • United States
      • Canada
    • Europe, Middle East and Africa
      • Germany
      • France
      • United Kingdom
      • Norway
      • Others
    • Asia Pacific
      • Japan
      • China
      • India
      • South Korea
      • Australia
      • Others

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The global Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery Recycling market is expected to reach a market size of US$1,902.386 million by 2027.
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery Recycling Market was valued at US$410.601 million in 2020.
The global lithium-ion battery recycling market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24.49% over the forecast period.
The major driver of the global lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery recycling market is the booming EV sector.
Prominent key market players in the Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery Recycling market include AEA Technology, ACCUREC Recycling GmbH, BATREC INDUSTRIE AG, and Veolia, among others.

1. Introduction
1.1. Market Overview
1.2. COVID-19 Scenario
1.3. Market Definition
1.4. Market Segmentation

2. Research Methodology
2.1. Research Data
2.2. Assumptions

3. Executive Summary
3.1. Research Highlights

4. Market Dynamics
4.1. Market Drivers
4.2. Market Restraints
4.3. Porter’s Five Force Analysis
4.3.1. Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers
4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants
4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes
4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry
4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis

5. Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market, By Type
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Hydrometallurgy (chemical leaching)
5.3. Pyrometallurgy (smelting)
5.4. Others

6. Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market, By Chemistry
6.1. Introduction
6.2. Lithium-cobalt Oxide (LCO)
6.3. Lithium-iron Phosphate (LFP)
6.4. Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NMC)
6.5. Others

7. Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market, By Recycling Process
7.1. Introduction
7.2. Physical/Mechanical
7.3. Hydrometallurgical
7.4. Pyrometallurgical

8. Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market, By Industry
8.1. Introduction
8.2. Automotive
8.3. Consumer Electronics
8.4. Communication and Technology
8.5. Energy and Power

9. Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market, By Geography
9.1. Introduction
9.2. North America
9.2.1. The United States
9.2.2. Canada
9.3. Europe, Middle East and Africa
9.3.1. Germany
9.3.2. France
9.3.3. The United Kingdom
9.3.4. Norway
9.3.5. Others
9.4. Asia Pacific
9.4.1. Japan
9.4.2. China
9.4.3. India
9.4.4. South Korea
9.4.5. Australia
9.4.6. Others

10. Competitive Environment And Analysis
10.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis
10.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness
10.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations
10.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix

11. Companies Profiles
11.1. Umicore N.V.
11.2. Neometals Ltd.
11.3. Li-Cycle Corp
11.4. Duesenfeld GmbH
11.5. Retriev Technologies
11.6. SNAM
11.7. Envirostream
11.8. Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd.
11.9. Fortum

Umicore N.V.

Neometals Ltd.

Li-Cycle Corp

Duesenfeld GmbH

Retriev Technologies



Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd.