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Lithium-Ion battery recycling

The importance of training in Lithium-Ion battery recycling

Cawleys Waste Management has developed a full service to collect, store, pack, export and ensure the recycling of batteries, as used in Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV), and has created a ‘one-stop shop’ which can tackle Lithium-Ion battery waste in the automotive sector head-on. With a market that’s rapidly increasing in size but can be extremely hazardous, it’s important that engineers are specifically trained to deal with the high voltage components in Lithium-Ion batteries. What are High Voltage Engineers?  Cawleys ensures all employees that deal with the handling, recycling and disposal of Lithium-Ion batteries are trained as competent and are our High Voltage Engineers. It only takes 100 milliamps of current to be fatal and automotive batteries produce amps in the 1000’s so the risk is very real and ensuring all that come into contact have the proper training is critical.  During the decommissioning stage, where we take a […]

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The world of contaminated waste

Deceased rhinos, fighter jets and tanks. These are just some of the weird and wonderful items Cawleys Hazardous Services has been asked to collect over the years. You might think these sound like bizarre requests, but with the hazardous nature of these items, it’s paramount they are collected and disposed of correctly. Contamination of waste streams In waste and resource management companies such as Cawleys, it’s essential that waste streams are kept separate so that contamination is avoided – if dry waste items such as cardboard and paper get bailed together with waste that’s wet it jeopardises the ability to fulfill the dry waste’s full recyclable potential. This is even more essential with hazardous waste. If, for example, a substance such as diesel is spilled across waste that is due to be collected, it will not only damage the properties of the waste and reduce its ability to be recycled, […]

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Recycling Lithium-Ion batteries with Cawleys

Cawleys now provides a one-stop-shop with the ability to collect, store, pack, export and ensure the recycling of Lithium-Ion batteries, as used in Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids. The company is one of the first in the waste management industry to tackle Lithium-Ion battery waste in the automotive sector head on. Cawleys has been dealing with Lithium-Ion battery waste since 2012, when the company discovered the UK did not have any facilities to help disassemble and recycle Lithium-Ion batteries. Instead, companies that used Lithium-Ion batteries stockpiled them on site, creating a significant health and safety threat. Subsequently, Cawleys developed protocols and international relationships to create a true closed loop economy, enabling car manufacturers and those at any stage in the automotive supply chain to recover the metals and materials within the batteries. The recycling service includes relevant safety precautions as the waste product is high voltage and holds chemical energy, […]

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Hazbox competition

Cawleys announces HazBox competition winner

Cawleys announces the winner of its HazBox competition to correctly identify the five items of hazardous waste which are most often thrown away in general waste. Can you spot the five in our picture? (See bottom for the answers!)  Is your office safe from hazardous waste fire risks? One in five people knowingly slip ‘the wrong things’ in general waste, which can pose a fire risk. Our competition was designed to highlight this problem and show people how to recycle small every-day items of hazardous waste safely and correctly through our HazBox scheme. Claire Fisher, Contracts Co-ordinator – Facilities at West Herts College in Watford correctly identified the top five hazardous items which people knowingly throw in general waste: light bulb, batteries, aerosols, glue or adhesives and empty tin containers. Winning HazBox Claire has won a year’s subscription to HazBox from Cawleys worth £270.00. This means she will receive a […]

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Dealing with contaminated waste

Dealing with contaminated waste

          Contaminated in transit For some, receiving a contaminated load, perhaps tainted accidently through transit, is a business nightmare. Not only can you suffer the loss of lost stock but there’s also the tricky business of disposing of the now hazardous items.  Let alone thinking about whether this waste can be recycled or re-used in such away as to prevent environmental or human damage. Case study Goods can become contaminated in transit and this recent case from the International Law Office is a good example.  A terminal operator in Hamburg was instructed to unload and store a shipment of pipes from a recent cargo vessel. When the team got to the final layer of pipes for unloading, they found they were covered in sludge – Lead ore, to be precise, a noxious substance. As a consequence of the lifting and unloading of the pipes on to […]

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